Right To Rent App makes checks fair & simple for LME Move’s landlords & tenants alike

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LME Move clinches deal to bring innovative Right To Rent App to landlords and letting agents nationwide

Home Office LogoThe 1st of February 2016 marks a critical day for residential landlords throughout England. It is from this date onwards that all landlords will be legally responsible for checking that all new tenancies issued for their properties are only made to persons legally entitled to reside within England.

Failure to do so may result in offending landlords being hit by a £3,000 fine for every instance where an illegal tenant is found in-situ.

Legally required on all new tenancies across England as of 1st February 2016

The roll-out across England follows on from the pilot scheme trialled in the West Midlands during 2015. At the time the scheme brought controversial issues to light including worrying findings published in a report by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, which found that landlords in the West Midlands were refusing lawful tenants as they became increasingly cautious about renting properties out to any tenant with identity documents with which they were not familiar.

As supporters of initiatives such as Leeds Empties and being one of the leading, ethically minded independent nationwide property services suppliers in the UK, www.lmemove.com was concerned to read about this outcome.  So much so that when LME Move started its own business planning for suitable Right To Rent solutions in late 2015 it made a concerted effort to ensure any such solution would not only make the checks quick and easy to do but also help reduce the chances of such adverse discriminating side-effects.

Cost effective, Home Office compliant, quick to use and multi-platform

Thankfully the search has borne fruit and LME Move has now sealed a deal with a cutting edge App developer to bring its quick and easy to use Right To Rent App to LME Move’s nationwide landlord and letting agent client base across England.

Speaking last week, LME Move’s Compliance Executive Sue Clear said, ‘We are thrilled to be working in collaboration with our App partners. We spent the best part of Autumn 2015 in talks with several providers to review potential Right To Rent solutions to bring to our clients.

What was important for us was:

  • cost effectiveness
  • accessibility via smartphone, tablet and PC
  • ease of use
  • ability to quickly scan and store time/date stamped evidence of document checks carried out to ensure our clients remain Home Office compliant.

However,  just as importantly the solution also had to possess the ability to quickly guide and support our clients – through a fast click, by click, process – to drill down the exact documents they should expect their specific tenants to be supplying to them out of the hundreds of various documents possible.’

6297298Simple and fair – the Right To Rent App that’s child’s play

The Right To Rent App is exactly that.

As Sue finished explaining, ‘The landlord or agent simply answers the step by step questions via the App about their specific tenants’ circumstances and the App guides the landlord or agent through the entire process and documentation in a matter of minutes.

It is our hope that not only will this help educate our landlord and agent clients as to the variety of documents but also help them avoid consciously or unconsciously erring on the side of caution and only issuing tenancies to tenants presenting more familiar, everyday documents.’

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Interested landlords and agents searching for a Right To Rent solution can read more about the service on the LM Experts website here. They can also contact LME Move’s International Marketing Director directly for full product information, demonstration and pricing exclusive to LME Move via: mark@lmemove.com

Further information about LME Move’s full range of other nationwide property services for landlords, letting agents and property investors – including gas safety certificates, boiler services, electrical safety certificates, legionella risk assessments, smoke & CO alarms, RICs surveys, out of hours emergency property services and building, plumbing and electrical maintenance services can also be obtained from: mark@lmemove.com or by visiting www.lmemove.comLME Logo

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Sue’s Rental Compliance Blog – January 2016 – Deregulation Dangers!

Sue Clear is Compliance Executive at www.lmemove.com

Sue Clear is Compliance Executive at http://www.lmemove.com

Landlords – do you know how to avoid falling foul of the Deregulation Act?

Happy New Year and welcome back to what I sense promises to be another full on year for the Lettings and wider property sector.

This month I thought I’d highlight several of the problems landlord’s can run into that are linked to the recently passed Deregulation Act, and how to best protect yourself from potential trouble ahead.

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Sprinklers for converted and new Welsh homes affect landlords as of 1st January 2016

Welsh sprinklersA new law requiring that all new and converted homes in Wales be fitted with sprinklers has come into force, the first of its kind anywhere in the world.

CFOA Vice-President Dave Etheridge attended an event at the Welsh Senedd on January 12th to celebrate the introduction of the new law. The event was hosted by Ann Jones AM, who was one of the key drivers behind the campaign to see the legislation introduced.

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Scottish landlords/agents – have you installed carbon monoxide (CO) alarms ready for 1st December 2015?

New guidance requiring private landlords in Scotland to install carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in all relevant rental properties will come into force on 1st December 2015.

Following the Housing (Scotland) Act (2014), which states that all private rental properties must contain “satisfactory provision for giving warning if carbon monoxide is present in a concentration that is hazardous to health”, the Private Rental Housing Panel has produced guidance that all landlords in Scotland will be required to follow from December this year.

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Sue’s lettings compliance blog November 2015 – carbon monoxide alarms

Sue ClearIf you’re a professional landlord or letting agent – and assuming that you haven’t been on the Moon for the last year – then you can’t have failed to have been bombarded with a plethora of rental property compliance updates and changes. The most recent being the legal requirement to fit carbon monoxide alarms. So what do and don’t you have to do to ensure you stay the right side of the law?

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Landlords – do you know about changes to electrical safety and carbon monoxide alarms?

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Landlords have a legal duty to protect their tenants from dangers within their rental properties. Failure to do so can result in serious financial penalties and in some cases legal action.

Aside from the well known annual gas safety certificates there is now the legal responsibility to ensure rental properties have a legionella risk assessment carried out plus working carbon monoxide and fire alarms fitted. Whilst carbon monoxide alarms are only required to be fitted to rooms where there are solid fuel burning appliances fitted, most reputable landlords and letting agents fit carbon monoxide alarms to all properties regardless of fuel type as best practice.

There have also been recent changes to electrical protections. Here are the key facts that landlords and letting agents need to know:

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