The term Legislation refers to one or a number of laws, consisting of an Act of Parliament. An Act of Parliament starts off as a bill introduced to Parliament. Once Parliament agrees with the bill and the Queen gives her consent or approval, it then becomes an Act. The government sets a date and time by which the new law comes into effect. Once the new law comes into effect, we’re under obligation to comply with the new law.
Legislation can catch you out when you least expect. It’s up to the business owner to keep up to date with the various new laws created by an Act of Parliament. Things change with time and laws can become unsuitable, so the government will pass new laws to make adjustments. You need to know the date in which new laws come into effect. Some aspects of a Legislation could catch you out, if you’re not fully compliant by the time the new law comes into effect.
One example of changes in legislation along the years is the Landlord and Tenant Act 1958. In 2020 the governement introduced a new law in order to manage the effects of the pandemic. During lockdown, landlords were unable to evict tenants, even if they couldn’t pay rent. But from 1 October 2021, landlords are able to revert to laws pre-pandemic. In other words, if you are a landlord and have reasons to evict a tenant, you are now able to do so. We advise that you follow government updates in relation to the pandemic because it is likely that any changes will affect you as a landlord.
Landlords and tenants have seen other changes to the Landlord & Tenant Act in 2020. Since 1 July 2020 EU tenants must show documentation that proves their right to rent. Landlords have the obligation to make proper checks by following the landlord’s guide to right to rent. Please click here for the latest guide from the government published on 31 August 2021. If you’re a landlord, please don’t think that it’s up to your tenant to carry out these checks. Your tenant is under immigration law but as a landlord, you’re under the Landlord & Tenant legislation. You’re the one who needs to carry out these checks. If your tenants are EU citizens, they have to provide you with a link to their Home Office account which shows their Settle Status and right to rent.
If you’re a landlord and have any concerns regarding tenancy or would like us to assist you in drafting tenancy agreements, please give us a call. SG
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