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    Welcoming David Smith as new Policy Director for Residential Landlords Association

    We recently reported that David Smith, partner at Anthony Gold solicitors, has been appointed.as new Policy Director for the Residential Landlords Association.

    We caught up with David to find out what he hopes to bring to the role and why now is a critical time for landlords to adopt a more business-like approach and join forces to have a voice at a political level, so that we, as a community, can influence policymakers:




    Through his firm Anthony Gold Solicitors, David specialises in landlord and tenant law, particularly in the residential sector. He deals with civil claims such as possession actions against tenants at all levels from the county courts to the Supreme Court; actions in the First-Tier and Upper Tribunals contesting decisions of local authorities, and defending landlords and agents from prosecution in relation to property matters.

    Property Tribes, Anthony Gold, and the RLA are committed to sharing best practice and making the private rented sector a better experience for all, so we are delighted that David is the link between all three and we know he will have a hugely positive impact in this role!

    Here are some of the issues the RLA are currently working on:

    Their main current piece of work is responding to the budget and Property Tribes has shared the RLA landlord survey in this regards.

    One of RLA's Directors, Mark Butterworth, had the opportunity to raise the MIR issue directly with George Osbourne, who has made it clear he is not going to reverse the policy, but did invite the RLA to give him any research on unintended consequences. They are now preparing campaign pages for our members, and have meetings with Treasury officials coming up soon. The RLA will be submitting a response to the Wear and Tear consultation and have been working hard on energy efficiency, including campaigning om LESA and VAT. The collapse of Green Deal is concerning, ahead of minimum energy efficiency standards coming in.

    RLA are preparing for the introduction of the Housing Bill at Westminster, looking ahead to see where they can put forward amendments to improve the sector, and have their council tax registration changes being taken forward by Dame Angela Watkinson, through a Private Members’ Bill.

    The Home Office are holding a string of meetings on the Right to Rent checks, and RLA are pressing for changes to the document list, and for clear information on when the roll out will happen and how it will be communicated to landlords and tenants.

    On Monday the Prime Minister is expected to announce further information on the extension of HMO licensing proposed after the election, and RLA will respond to that.

    Legislation due to hit in October, including smoke and CO detectors (RLA are preparing guidance and have a page on our site with information on how each FRS is distributing the free ones). They have made comments on the new S21 form, and are preparing for the changes associated with the retaliatory eviction clauses.

    The Heat Network regulations are confusing for everyone, and NMRO have agreed to meet to discuss RLA's concerns.

    RLA are also busy in Wales, with the implementation of the Housing Act 2014 and the Renting Homes Bill. Their Welsh Director, Douglas Haig, has been giving evidence to the Assembly’s Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee and meeting AMs and Welsh MPs. They are preparing amendments to the Renting Homes Bill.

    Finally, RLA are deepening our local government engagement, with their Local Authority Network moving to the Policy team. They exhibited at this year’s LGA conference and continue to respond to local licensing consultations.

    If you would like to take a more professional approach to your landlord business, then please consider joining a landlord association like our partners, the Residential Landlords Association.

    There is strength in numbers!
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