If you’re a landlord, you’ll likely know about the ‘Tenant Fees Act’, which came into effect in June of 2019. The law prohibits landlords and estate agents from charging tenants most letting fees – like those associated with reference checks, for example.
2019 was a volatile year for landlords. Between the Tenancy Fees Act 2019, the introduction of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 and the Section 21 controversy, it was almost impossible to keep up with changing legislation.
The NLA’s report is a new development in the ongoing conversation - so we’ve analysed the key findings to make sure you’re well-informed of the possibilities of the government’s move.
In 2015 I became a renter for the first time in a decade - initially as my house was being refurbished, then as I relocated around the world as an exec at eBay. I rented five homes in four years in three countries. At the start I thought it was going to be fun to live in different kinds of properties and to leave the worries of ownership behind.
Today we’re announcing that we have secured £7m in seed investment to help Residently fund its growth in London and New York.
The investment comes from leading European VCs including Felix Capital, LocalGlobe and A/O PropTech, as well as existing angel investors. The funding will be used to grow our engineering and product teams, support building the rental portfolio in London and New York, and add extra services to our Living platform.
Our founder and CEO Tom Allason wanted to design a rental experience around tenants, having had unsatisfactory experiences renting homes in several countries around the world. In doing so, he realised that landlords could also benefit from a better way of doing things.
“We are building the global rental brand by using tech to offer flexibility and smart services to renters. We put them first because by improving the experience for renters, we positively disrupt the economic model for property investors and owners - enabling them to maximise their yield with minimum hassle,” he said.
Simon and Hannah are international landlords who moved to Hong Kong two years ago to follow their professions. Living so far away made it difficult to manage their property, renew leases, negotiate with tenants, sort out maintenance issues and deal with agency fees.