If you’re going to rent somewhere to live in South London in 2021 and you’re not sure what rules or regulations are currently in force, this guide will tell you everything you need to know. In it, we cover the latest rules changes and consider new rules that may soon come into force.
- Rental Prices Are Increasing – Although Greater London bucked the national trend of rising rental rates, with a dip in rental prices toward the end of 2021, prices are generally increasing in most areas so if you want to secure a good deal, now would be the best time to start your search for somewhere new to live.
- The Renters’ Reform Bills Should Soon Come into Force – This bill is expected to include provisions for a deposit passport, which enables tenants to move from one rental property to another with greater ease. It’s also expected to do away with Section 21 notices for evictions. Landlords will have to go through the courts to secure an eviction, providing tenants with a little more security in the future.
- Coronavirus Measures Are Being Phased Out – During the national lockdown periods, landlords were unable to evict tenants and had to give a minimum of 6 months’ notice for normal requests to move out. This was reduced to 4 months on June 1st and will go back to 2 months on October 1st.
- Improved Safety Requirements – Since July of 2020, all landlords in England now have to show an up-to-date Electrical Installation Condition Report when arranging new tenancy agreements. This report is issued after a qualified electrician has inspected all outlets and wiring in a property and found everything to be in order.
- Arrears Should Be Dealt With As Soon as Possible – If you find yourself falling behind with your rent, there are no emergency measures in place to protect you now. However, most landlords are reasonable people and will be prepared to work something out, as long as you don’t simply ignore the issue.
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