- Devolution and implications for landlord registration
- What is the current law surrounding landlord registration in the UK? Why does it vary between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland? What will be the impact of The Private Landlords (Registration) Bill 2017–19?
- In England, why do some local authorities require landlord registration while others don’t? Is this the correct approach or is a change required and can any lessons be learnt from other jurisdictions?
- Does landlord registration have benefits for landlords, tenants and local authorities? Are there any potential issues?
- What impact would mandatory landlord registration have in England?
- Is landlord registration required for short term lets eg Airbnb and student accommodation? What legal protections surround short term lets?
- How do you see the law developing in this area and is there anything practitioners should keep an eye on?
Property analysis: Landlord registration is an intricate issue and becomes even more complex when devolution comes into play. This intersection has created different scenarios in each of the devolved UK regions and even divisions within regions themselves. David Smith, partner and head of operations at Anthony Gold, breaks down this ‘divisive issue’ and offers guidance for practitioners navigating this tricky field.
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