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The Times They Are A Changin'

Could you keep up with all this landlord law? - Over 178 pieces of legislation!

Could you keep up with all this landlord law?

There has been much discussion recently in relation to the changes to regulations and tax measures which came out top of the list of the concerns of buy-to-let landlords in the UK. - in some research carried out by Upad. 

Since 2007, there have been hundreds of changes to UK laws that affect buy to-let landlords. Navigating these changes and avoiding massive fines or worse (such as having your investment property confiscated – a recommendation from MPs) is a nightmare for most landlords.

The way that laws are enacted in the UK doesn’t help either.

New laws were passed through Parliament when MPs signed off the Housing and Planning Act 2016. However, the sections of the Act that deal with repossession of abandoned property have not yet been enacted. So, though the law has been passed, the landlord community is in limbo.

We have looked at the statute books and have found that there are 174 which may apply to buy-to-let landlords. 

The list follows. 

I am sure that you won’t have the time to read through this list, skip to the end of this article to find out how to streamline your efforts to keep up with landlord laws.

1.    Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001

2.    Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003

3.    Anti-Social Behaviour etc (Scotland) Act 2004

4.    Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014

5.    Assured Tenancies and Agricultural Occupancies (Forms) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2003

6.    Assured Tenancies and Agricultural Occupancies (Forms) (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2003

7.    Building Regulations Part P: Guidance Booklet

8.    Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982

9.    Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation) Order 2000

10.  Community Care and Health (Scotland) Act 2002

11.  Consumer Protection Act 1987

12.  Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 (SI no.2739)

13.  Control of Pollution Act 1974

14.  Council Tax (Additional Provisions for Discount Disregards) Order 1992

15.  Council Tax (Chargeable Dwellings) Order 1992

16.  Council Tax (Discount Disregards) Order 1992

17.  Council Tax (Exempt Dwellings) Order 1992

18.  Council Tax (Liability for Owners) (Amendment) Regulations 1993

19.  Council Tax (Liability for Owners) Regulations 1992

20.  Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015

21.  Crime and Security Act 2010

22.  Criminal Law Act 1977

23.  Data Protection Act 1998

24.  Defective Premises Act 1972

25.  Deregulation Act 2015

26.  Deregulation Act 2015 (Commencement No. 1 and Transitional and Saving Provisions) Order 2015

27.  Disability Discrimination Act 2005

28.  Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 (SI no.3260)

29.  Employment Rights Act 1986

30.  Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) Regulations 2007

31.  Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) (Amendment No.2) Regulations 2008

32.  Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2010

33.  Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2011

34.  Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

35.  Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2014

36.  Energy Act 2011

37.  Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013

38.  Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010

39.  Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2014

40.  Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2014

41.  Equality Act 2010

42.  Equality Act 2006

43.  Estate Agents Act 1979

44.  Finance Act 2003 (Part 4)

45.  Firearms Act 1968

46.  Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988

47.  Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997

48.  First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) Fees Order 2013

49.  Fixed Term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002

50.  Freedom of Information Act 2000

51.  Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 52. 52. Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) (Amendment) Regulations 1993

53.  Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) (Amendment) Regulations 1989

54.  Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 (SI no.1324)

55.  Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 (SI No. 2451)

56.  Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

57.  Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996

58.  Health and Safety (Training for Employment) Regulations 1990

59.  Heat Network (Metering and Billing) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

60.  Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014

61.  Home Information Pack (Suspension) Order 2010

62.  Houses in Multiple Occupation (Management) (England) Regulations 2009

63.  Houses in Multiple Occupation (Management) (Wales) Regulations 2009

64.  Housing (Interim Management Orders) (Prescribed Circumstances) Order 2006

65.  Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 66. Housing (Scotland) Act 2010

66.  Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 Housing (Scotland) Act 1988

67.  Housing Act 1985 Part 10 

68.  Housing Act 1988

69.  Housing Act 1996

70.  Housing Act 2004

71.  Housing Act 2004 (Commencement No 5 and Transitional Provisions and Savings) (England) Order 2006

72.  Housing Act 2004 (Commencement No 5 and Transitional Provisions and Savings) (Wales) Order 2006

73.  Housing Act 2004 (Commencement No. 3 and Transitional Provisions and Savings) (Wales) Order 2006

74.  Housing Benefit (Local Housing Allowance and Information Sharing) Amendment Regulations 2007

75.  Housing Benefit (Local Housing Allowance, Miscellaneous and Consequential) Amendment Regulations 2007

76.  Housing Benefit (State Pension Credit)(Local Housing Allowance and Information Sharing ) Amendment Regulations 2007

77.  Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2009

78.  Housing Health and Safety Rating System (England) Regulations 2005 (SI no.3208)

79.  Housing Health and Safety Rating System (Wales) Regulations 2006

80.  Housing (Tenancy Deposits) (Prescribed Information) Order 2007

81.  Housing (Tenancy Deposit) (Specified Interest Rate) Order 2007

82.  Housing (Tenancy Deposit) Order 2007

83.  Income & Corporation Taxes Act 1988

84.  Income Tax (Trading and other Income) Act 2005

85.  Infrastructure Act 2015

86.  Inheritance Tax Act 1984

87.  Immigration Act 2014

88.  Immigration Act 2016

89.  Land Registration Act 2002

90.  Land Registration Rules 2003 (Si no.1417)

91.  Land Registration etc (Scotland) Act 2012

92.  Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 (as amended)

93.  Landlord and Tenant Act 1987

94.  Landlord Registration Act 2002

95.  Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

96.  Licensing and Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation and Other

97.  Houses (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment)(England) Regulations 2012

98.   Licensing and Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Additional Provisions) (England) Regulations 2007

99.   Licensing and Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Additional Provisions) (Wales) Regulations 2007

100.Licensing and Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation and Other Houses (Miscellaneous Provisions) (England) Regulations 2006 

101.Licensing and Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation and Other Houses (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Wales) Regulations 2006

102.Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Prescribed Descriptions) (England) Order 2006

103.Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Prescribed Descriptions) (Wales) Order 2006

104.Local Government Act 2003

105.Local Government Finance Act 1992

106.Management of Health and Safety at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2006

107.Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (as amended)

108.Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006

109.Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Wales) Regulations 2006

110.Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Regulations 2005

111.Money Laundering Regulations 2003

112.Money Laundering Regulations 2007

113.Mortgage Repossessions (Protection of Tenants etc) Act 2010

114.Occupiers Liability Act 1957

115.Plugs and Sockets etc. (Safety) Regulations 1994

116.Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949

117.Private Landlord Registration (Information and Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008

118.Private Rented Housing (Scotland) Act 2011

119.Private Rented Housing Panel (Applications and Determinations) (Scotland) Regulations 2007

120.Private Water Supplies (England) Regulations 2016

121.Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

122.Protection from Eviction Act 1977

123.Public Health Act 1961

124.Public Health Act 1936

125.Race Relations Act 1976

126.Redress Schemes for Lettings Agency Work and Property

127.Management Work (Requirement to belong to a scheme etc) (England) Order 2014 

128.Regulatory Reform (Assured Periodic Tenancies) (Rent Increases) Order 2003

129.Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (Si no.1541)

130.Regulatory Reform (Housing Assistance) (England and Wales) Order 2002

131.    Rent Act 1977

132.    Rent Acts (Maximum Fair Rent) Order 1999

133.    Rent (Scotland) Act 1984

134.    Rent Officer (Housing Benefit Functions) Amendment Order 2007

135.    Rent Repayment Orders (Supplementary Provisions) (England) Regulations 2007

136.    Rent Repayment Orders (Supplementary Provisions) (Wales) Regulations 2008

137.    Residential Property Tribunal Procedures and Fees (England) Regulations) 2011

138.    Residential Property Tribunal Procedure (England) Regulations 2006

139.    Residential Property Tribunal (Fees) (England) Regulations 2006

140.    Residential Property Tribunal Procedure (Wales) Regulations 2006

141.    Residential Property Tribunal Procedures and Fees (Wales) Regulations 2012

142.    Residential Property Tribunal (Fees) (Wales) Regulations 2006

143.    Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977

144.    Selective Licensing of Houses (Specified Exemptions) (England) Order 2006

145.    Selective Licensing of Houses (Specified Exemptions) (Wales) Order 2006

146.    Selective Licensing of Houses (Additional Conditions) (Wales) Order 2006

147.    Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005

148.    Sewerage (Scotland) Act 1968

149.    Sex Discrimination Act 1975

150.    Taxation of Chargeable Gains Act 1992

151.    Tenancy Deposit Schemes (Scotland) Regulations 2011

152.    Terrorism Act 2000

153.    The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 154.

154.    Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Amendment) (England) Order 2010

155.    Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (England) Order 2010

156.    Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Amendment) (Wales) Order 2002

157.    Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Amendment) (England) Order 2006

158.    Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Amendment) (England) Order 2005

159.    Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987

160.    Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997

161.    Town and Country Planning Act 1990

162.    Tribunal Procedure (First-tier Tribunal) (Property Chamber) Rules 2013

163.    Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1994

164.    Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999

165.    Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts (Amendment) Regulations 2001

166.    Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011

167.    Water Industry Act 1999

168.    Water Industry Act 1991

169.    Water Industry (Schemes for Adoption of Private Sewers) Regulations 2011

170.    Water Industry (Undertakers Wholly or Mainly in Wales) (Information about Non-owner Occupiers) Regulations 2014

171.    Weeds Act 1959

172.    Welfare Reform Act 2007

173.    Welfare Reform Act 2007 (Commencement no 4 and Savings and Transitional Provisions) Order 2007

174.    Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

175.    Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011

176.    Work at Height (Amendment) Regulations 2007

177.    Work at Height Regulations 2005 (as amended)

178.    Work at Height Overhaul of guidance January 2014

 

That’s a lot of law that could apply to you as a buy-to-let landlord in the UK.

And worse still, it doesn’t include regulations and by-laws applied by local authorities! And, even worse, these laws, and individual sections within them, can change at any time. 

Can you keep up with all this landlord law?

Our comprehensive services to landlords include helping you keep up to date with new legislation. If you don’t have the time or legal knowledge to keep pace with the tide of new landlord laws, contact the Belvoir Portsmouth team today on 02392 735863.

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