Queen’s speech 2013: changes to property law

There were three Bills that caught my eye in the Queen’s speech on 8th May 2013. Here’s a quick breakdown of each one to give you an idea of how they could affect you.

Deregulation Bill

The purpose of this Bill is to try to cut down on excessive regulation on businesses, and to get rid of legislation that’s not of any practical use anymore.

One element of this is the changes to the Right to Buy legislation. People who live in public housing will now be able to qualify for this scheme after 3 years instead of 5 years.

Immigration Bill

This Bill is now going to have a provision where private landlords will have to check the immigration status of their tenants to make sure they’re not living in the UK illegally. Landlords who’ve bought buy-to-let properties could be caught out by this Bill, as they may not realise it’s their responsibility to carry out these checks.

Extension of permitted development rights for homeowners and businesses

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (England) Order 2013 (SI 2013/1101) and Town and Country Planning (Compensation) (England) Regulations 2013 (SI 2013/1102) will come into force on 30th May 2013.

No one knows what the specifics are going to be just yet, but the intention is to make diversification and change of use easier to free up the property market, generate economic growth and encourage start-up businesses.

In most cases, to change commercial property to a different class of use – say a restaurant to a bookmakers – you need to apply for change of use and planning permission, which can be very expensive and time consuming.

This Bill is designed to cut out this costly planning process, which is good news for homeowners and businesses looking to expand and develop their property.

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