Land Registry Property Alert

THlandregistryE LAND REGISTRY PROPERTY ALERT

The Land Registry are encouraging landlords to sign up and get alerts should anyone undertake a search on their properties. Rented properties are considered to be more at risk of property fraud. Criminals have been known to use forged documents to try to take ownership of properties and the Registry says landlords are particularly at risk, with reports of fraudsters attempting to mortgage or sell properties without the owners’ knowledge.

Anyone can monitor up to 10 properties.  Email alerts are sent when the Land Registry receives certain applications to change the register or for official searches. At this point the person monitoring the property can decide whether the activity is suspicious and whether they need further advice.

For more information and to sign up to Property Alert visit the Land Registry click here.

Residential Tenancies Measures now in force

RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES MEASURES – IMMIGRATION ACT 2016 -  NOW IN FORCE

From 1 December 2016,  two further measures in the Immigration Act, which affect the private rented sector, come into force.

This means that:

  • It is now easier for private landlords to evict illegal migrant tenants.
  • It is now a crime to knowingly, or with reasonable cause to believe, let to illegal migrants.

These measures demonstrate the Government’s commitment to tackle illegal immigration, and its determination to take the necessary steps to protect public services and access to the private rented sector for lawful residents.

Further information on the measures and the Immigration Act 2016 is available on GOV.UK:

 

CITY OF WOLVERHAMPTON RENT WITH CONFIDENCE WEBSITE LAUNCHED

CITY OF WOLVERHAMPTON RENT WITH CONFIDENCE WEBSITE LAUNCHED

City of Wolverhampton Council’s new five-star rating system to improve the quality of housing in the city is now live – and if you’re a tenant looking to rent a private sector property you should head to www.rentwithconfidence.org.uk as your first port of call.

Rent with Confidence’ is aiming to encourage greater customer choice and raise living standards.

It functions in a similar way to the rating scheme used by the Food Standards Agency for restaurants and takeaways.

Stars are awarded to landlords who comply with the law and who rent out property above the minimum statutory standards, with financial incentives for five-star landlords.

Overall, the scheme will see improved health and well-being of residents, along with better property and housing management standards, and longer term stability in neighbourhoods.  The scheme will improve the private rented offer and support the economic regeneration of the city.

For background on this initiative visit the City of Wolverhampton website.

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