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Letting Fees Case Update

January 7, 2018

Letting Fees Case Update Currently at court is the legal case concerning letting fees taken by a Queens University Students Union Officer. Connected to this case the Court has also been asked for a declaration that any fees, charges and expenses levied by letting agents on tenants in Northern Ireland are in breach of the…

New Data Protection legislation coming into force May 2018 – landlord responsibilities

December 6, 2017

Landlords and Agents should start preparing for New EU data protection legislation to be introduced in May 2018 Within 6 months new legislation should be in place but The Information Commissioner’s Office is encouraging businesses, to assess how they are seeking, obtaining and recording consent now and to check if whether they need to make…

Be Careful of Fraudulent Guarantor Documents

June 19, 2017

Be Careful of Fraudulent Guarantor Documents It is quite common in N Ireland for a landlord or letting agent to request the tenant to provide a guarantor who must be a home owner in the UK. Most landlords request the Guarantor to sign an agreement to cover the rent not paid or any damage that…

Private Landlords and Data Protection

March 23, 2017

Private Landlords and Data Protection This week we look briefly at what the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has to say about the protection of tenant’s details. The Data Protection Act 1998 allows landlords to retain personal information they hold about tenants where they have a legal obligation.  However, at the start of a tenancy a…

LANI response to Rates Rethink Document

February 17, 2017

LANI response to Rates Rethink Document LANI has made a response to the Rates Rethink Document on behalf of its members following the consultation period which ended on 16 February 2017 taking into consideration the comments made at the General Meeting on 18 January 2017. A copy of the document can be found LANI Response…

Immigration Act 2016 – Update

November 3, 2016

Immigration Act 2016 – Update The Home Secretary announced on 4 October that provisions in the 2016 Immigration Act relevant to the private rented sector will be brought into force across England. Today, we can announce that, as of 1 December 2016, these two further measures will come into force. They will: Make it easier…

Welfare Reform – NI Benefit Cap Mitigation Presentation available

September 20, 2016

Welfare Reform – NI Benefit Cap Mitigation Department of Communties attended our most recent General meeting to provide information and an update for members on the progress of Welfare Reform and how the Benefit Cap will affect Landlords. They provided a presentation regarding this for those present,  Basically 200 households have been affected by the…