Landlords with buy-to-let insurance, check the rules before renting out!

November 7, 2011

CIA Let Property Blog

Landlords who have taken out a buy-to-let insurance policy are being reminded by the ARLA (The association of residential letting agents) about the changed to the categorisation and regulation of homes in the rental sector.

The ARLA have pointed out that the legislation means that landlords will have to obtain planning permission to make changed to the properties where there are between three to six tenants who are unrelated and share facilities such as bathrooms and kitchens.

The law used to state that planning permission was needed for six or more unrelated tenants.

Ian Potter, operations manager at ARLA, said: “It is … important for any landlord considering changing the use of a property to fully research the regulations in their area.”

Mr Potter said the rules may be different in each local authority, so if you have a number of properties make sure you check before you rent your property out.

If you fail to abide to these rules be expected to receive a “hefty fine”.
We hope you found this information useful. Please remember to use CIA Insurance when you or your family and friends need motorcycle insurance, landlords insurance or commercial insurance.

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