In February, Right to Rent went live across England. This requires all private landlords, including anyone subletting or taking in lodgers, to carry out quick and simple checks on all new tenants.

We announced in May that the Immigration Act 2016 had been given Royal Assent and would come into force in the months ahead. This Act contains two further provisions relevant to the private rented sector. These provisions:

  • Make it easier for private landlords to evict illegal migrant tenants.
  • Create new criminal offences for rogue landlords and agents who repeatedly fail to carry out right to rent checks or fail to take steps to remove illegal migrants from their property.

The Home Secretary announced on 4 October that these provisions will be brought into force across England from December 2016. These measures demonstrate the Government’s commitment to clamp down on illegal immigration, and determination to take the necessary steps to protect public services and access to the private rented sector for our lawful residents.

We will continue to work closely with the private rented sector in the lead up to the measures in the Act being implemented and will provide further updates and communications material as the work progresses.

Further details of these measures can be found on GOV.UK.

West Midlands Landlords and Lettings Conference 2016



This year’s West Midlands Landlords and Lettings Conference will be taking place on Friday 7 October 2016 at Banks’s Stadium Walsall – and you can now book your place! This all day event is FREE to attend and includes complimentary beverages, lunch and parking.

This years’s keynote speakers are:

  • Jane Everton CBE – Deputy Director,  Better Rented & Leasehold Department For Communities & Local Government
  • Richard Lambert – Chief Executive of National Landlords Association (NLA)
  • Simon Misiewicz – Director Optimise Accountants and popular speaker on property taxation

The seminars iclude:

  • Sue Elkington – – Advising how to get the most out of your investment when developing property for rent
  • Mary Latham – West Midlands Regional Representative for National Landlords Association (NLA) – giving an update on new and coming legislation affecting landlords & letting agents
  • Representative of the Department for Works & Pensions
  • Oliver Wright  – Sandwell MBC – discussing Welfare Reform and how it affects landlords and their tenants

This year everyone will have the opportunity to attend all of the seminars rather than having to decide which to attend. You will be allocated a place on each one when you book and you will be given your personal time table when you arrive on the day. There are several exhibitors who are offering goods and services which are of interest to landlords and no two exhibitors are offering the same goods or service.

There will be a variety of choices at lunch including vegan and vegetarian options which do not need to be ordered in advance.

MLAS accredited landlords and letting agents can claim 5 CPD points for attending this event.

There is plenty of free parking at the stadium. There is also a good train link from New Street Station, Birmingham to Bescot Station which is opposite the Conference Halls.

The postcode for your satnav is WS1 4SA. This will bring you into the main gate at Banks’s Football Stadium, Bescot Crescent, Walsall, West Midlands and you will be directed to the free car park. There is wheelchair access and if you need this please email

We were told that this was the biggest one day landlords and letting event in the UK last year and this year it will be bigger because we have made more places available. There is no sales agenda, the purpose of the conference is to bring you up-to-date on what is happening in the property letting business, give you an opportunity to ask your questions, offer an overview on the future and give you a unique opportunity to network with hundreds of other local property investors.

This event is offered free because it is sponosred by: Let to Birmingham, My Deposits, Optimise Accountants, Wolf Enforcement, Renters Cleaning Packs and Concentric Lettings.




The Department of Energy and Climate Change has issued guidance for landlords and tenants of domestic property on Part Two of the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015.

The document below provides guidance for domestic tenants, landlords and others with an interest in the domestic private rented sector on the effect of Part Two of The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015, the tenants’ energy efficiency improvements provisions for domestic tenants. It outlines, for tenants and landlords, their rights and responsibilities under the provisions. Separate guidance will be published in due course covering Part Three of the Regulations (the Minimum level of Energy Efficiency Provisions), including separate guidance for landlords in the domestic and non- domestic sectors.

The Regulations fulfil a duty on the Secretary of State in the Energy Act 2011 to introduce regulations to improve the energy efficiency of buildings in the domestic and non-domestic private rented sector in England and Wales.

The Regulations and related order were approved by Parliament and made on 26 March 2015.

Where a domestic property is tenanted, consent will normally be required from the landlord of the property before work to improve the property’s energy efficiency can be carried out. The Regulations provide a stand-alone statutory scheme in order to obtain any required consent in the case of a domestic private rented sector property. Chapter 2 looks at relevant issues under landlord and tenant law as this affects the carrying out of energy efficiency improvements to private rented residential properties.


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