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New SWLA Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement

Posted on February 14th, 2019 -

Today we have published our new Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement document.

There are a few minor amendments to allow for the changes that are imminent such as the Tenant Fee Bill (01 June 2019) and mandatory 5 year Electrical Installation Safety Checks (date to be confirmed).

The new AST can be found on the members area of our website for free download.

The old SWLA Assured Shorthold Tenancy document (last updated October 2015) is still valid so can still be used for new tenancies. Moving forward, any new tenancies, please use the new revised document where possible.



Posted on February 8th, 2019 -

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Mandatory 5 Year Electrical Installation Checks to be Introduced in Private Rented Accommodation

Posted on February 7th, 2019 -

On 29th January 2019 the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government announced that 5 year electrical installation checks will be mandatory on private rented accommodation in England.

The implementation date has not been confirmed. Landlords and Agents will be given at least a 6 month time frame to familiarise themselves before it comes into force. It will be introduced in a phased approach, in year one, all new tenancies will be affected and in year 2 all existing tenancies will come within scope.

Properties that already have a valid electrical installation condition report (EICR) will not need to replace it until 5 years have passed since it’s issue.

Inspectors must hold the correct qualifications and be competent to carry out the inspection. Financial penalties will apply if this is not complied with.

We will update our members with further information as soon as a date of implementation is confirmed by the government.


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