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9th Feb 2023

New rules on tax relief for landlords with holiday lets  

The current laws allow people with second homes in England to access small business rates relief and apply for council tax discounts just by declaring an intention to let a property as a holiday home. But from the start of the new financial year (1st April 2023), to qualify for business rates, second homes must be rented out for at least 70 days a year and available to let for at least 140 days. The aim of the new legislation is to ensure only genuine holiday lets benefit from tax relief.    

Changes to the Energy Price Guarantee 

As the cost of energy rose during 2022, the Energy Price Guarantee helped households save around £900 on their bills, reducing the average yearly bill to about £2,500. From April 2023, this guarantee is changing, and there will be a slight decrease in support available. The new terms should still save households around £500, cutting the average yearly bill to £3000. How this affects landlords is explained on the government’s website.  

Changes to required EPC ratings of commercial properties 

As of April 2023, all commercial propertiesmust have a minimum ‘E’ rating – and there are further plans for this to rise to ‘C’ in April 2027 and ‘B’ in April 2030.  

Renters Reform Bill 

The government white paper, ‘A Fairer Private Rented Sector’, was published in June 2022. Proposed changes include:  

Ending no-fault evictions  

A digital property portal for private landlords 

Better dispute resolution through an ombudsman scheme 

Applying the ‘Decent Homes Standard’ from the social rented sector to the private sector 

The Renters Reform Bill is to be introduced before spring 2023, but it takes around a year for a Bill to become law, so there’s unlikely to be any legislation changes before 2024. This does mean, however, that landlords have time to influence what the final Bill looks like, so it’s one to keep a close eye on.  

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