Housing experts from Zoopla are keeping renters up-to-date with a series of new rule changes which may have a big affect on people's day-to-day lives.
A lift on a blanket ban for pets and new Covid-19 housing guidelines are just a couple of things that could have an impact on renters, reports Leicestershire Live.
So, anybody who is renting a property in 2022 should check out the Government's latest rules below to see how they may be affected this year.
A blanket ban on pets is no more
2022 is a significant year for renters who wish to have a pet in their homes, with the Government confirming changes to its model tenancy agreement.
This means that landlords can now no longer issue blanket bans on pets in rental accommodation.
Landlords will now only be able to refuse the addition of well-behaved pets if there is a valid reason, such as a lack of space.
Renters will still need to inform their landlords if they are intending to move their pet in with them.
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New guidance from the Government means renters should make sure that their homes are well ventilated if people from outside of their household visit.
This is guidance that applies to visits from landlords as well as letting agents and workmen.
For the safest ways to do this, renters should keep windows or doors on opposite sides of a room open during any visit from outside their household. People should also ensure small vents or grilles at the top of windows are open and unblocked during these visits.
The guidance also makes clear that renters cannot have repairs or safety inspections carried out if someone in their household has symptoms of Covid-19.
Rules for the safety of renters
Landlords are being made to install carbon monoxide detectors this year as part of efforts to make renters feel safer in their homes.
The new guidance means such detectors will now have to be installed on existing appliances in the home, while they must also be installed on any new appliances.
With the aim to ultimately end accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, landlords are also being told that the detectors must be fixed or replaced if they are faulty as soon as possible.
Energy efficiency changes
This year will see renters across England benefit from having more energy efficient homes than ever before.
As part of new Government rules, the changes mean that all rental properties must have an energy performance rating of C or above in 2022.
This can be achieved through the likes of installing double-glazed windows, a more efficient boiler or by adding insulation to the property.
This action means renters will have to spend less on gas and electricity bills.
However, it is a rule change that may take some time before people see the change in their bank accounts.
It is thought that landlords will be given until 2026 to sort out these arrangements for new rental agreements, while that wait is even longer for existing ones, with renters on hold until 2028.
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