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Changes to Right to Rent Scheme
The Home Office is making a number of changes to the Right to Rent scheme in November 2020. The introduction of an online service should make it easier for letting agents to check if applicants have the right to rent in the UK
The online system will supply a photograph and details of the applicant’s right to work and rent. Agents and landlords can then check that the photograph matches the person applying for the property. A copy of the web page needs to be kept for 12 months after the end of the tenancy.
Calls to end pet discrimination in private rental properties
A Conservative MP has called for the end of pet discrimination in rental properties. He is arguing that if tenants can prove their care for pets they should be allowed to keep them in rental properties.
He is introducing a bill before Parliament to end this perceived discrimination and giving private tenants the right to have a dog or other domestic animal in their rented home.
Arguments against this change in policy have claimed that the reduction in the amount of deposit a landlord is able to take, currently capped at 5 weeks rent, does not provide sufficient funds to cover any potential damage caused by a domestic pet.
The bill should go for its second reading in January 2021. Watch this space for more property news from Langford.