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Landlord Forum NUNEATON AND BEDWORTH BOROUGH COUNCIL - DECEMBER 2018

Welcome to the 4th landlord forum eNewsletter - which we hope will be useful to you. All the information presented at the forums will be available via the links in this eNewsletter.

Recent forum recap

The last landlord forum was held on Wednesday 31st October 2018. Below is a recap on the event and links to the presentations.

Rosaleen Emson & Marina Kitchen from the House Project attended to talk about the project offer and how they are looking for housing solutions for young people leaving care with ongoing support. The project is looking for landlords to help provide longer term tenancies.

Daren Shaw (Director of Wolf Enforcement Services and a fully qualified HCEO) attended to talk about the new pre-action protocols for collecting debts/rent arrears from an individual, and answered any questions about using High Court enforcement for collecting debts or gaining possession of land or property

Don Robbie from the National Landlords Association gave a talk on news and legislation updates for landlords & letting agents. If you have any specific queries regarding the NLA presentation content please contact Don Robbie - Don.Robbie@landlords.org.uk

Current topics

Fire Safety briefing

Due to the unusual and rapid external fire spread that occurred during the Grenfell Tower fire concerns were raised about the type of external cladding that was used on the building. The Tower was clad with a product called Aluminium Composite Material. Following Government direction all residential high rise buildings in Warwickshire have been inspected by owners and landlords and no cladding of that type has been found.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation that together we acknowledge and understand that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve with their lives

or contact the Communities Team on 024 7637 6492

Veterans Hubs and Outreach and Support Officer

As part of our commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant, in partnership with The Veterans Contact Point (VCP), we developing local Veterans Hubs and there is a new Armed Forces Community Outreach and Support Officer which if you have any tenants who are part of the Armed Forces Community and are in need of some support in areas such as employment, health, housing or finance you can refer them to the VCP

Private Sector Housing Team updates
HMO Regulations

From 1 October 2018 the criteria for a licensable HMO changed to remove the 3 storey requirement. This means that any property, regardless of the number of storeys, that is let to 5 or more people, in 2 or more households, who also share some amenities such as bathroom/kitchen facilities, will require a HMO licence from the local authority.

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council will be able to accept licence applications for both Nuneaton and Bedworth and North Warwickshire based properties.

If you have a property that you believe may require a licence, or require clarification on whether your property falls within the new licensing criteria please contact the Private Sector Housing Team on 02476 376406.

Amended gas safety rules, surrounding annual gas safety checks, that have come into force from 6th April 2018

Useful information

The Government has produced a series of useful 'how to' guides for the private rented sector in England. Please take time to read these informative guides:

The checklist for renting in England: This guide is for tenants and landlords in the private rented sector to help them understand their rights and responsibilities. It provides a checklist and more detailed information on each stage of the letting process.

A guide for current and prospective private residential landlords in England: This guide is for current and prospective landlords. It explains the responsibilities, legal requirements and best practice for letting a property in the private rented sector.

What Universal Credit means for landlords – see this useful government guidance

The housing health and safety rating system (HHSRS) is a risk-based evaluation tool to help local authorities identify and protect against potential risks and hazards to health and safety from any deficiencies identified in dwellings. It was introduced under the Housing Act 2004 and applies to residential properties in England and Wales

General data protection regulation (GDPR)

Data protection has changed dramatically with the introduction of the GDPR, and the housing sector needs to be aware of the implications.

Landlords and letting agents who handle and process personal data from tenants will need to understand their new responsibilities under the regulation

Below are some links to further information on GDPR:

Warwickshire Switch and Save is now open for registration. This is a scheme to help get cheaper gas and electricity bills. In partnership with Act on Energy, who help households looking to switch suppliers

Safe in Warwickshire is brought to you by the multi-agency Safer Warwickshire Partnership Board. See the various campaigns taking place to make Warwickshire safer.

This tutorial is aimed at anyone starting to let out a property to a tenant and becoming a landlord or overseas landlord if leaving the UK for more than 6 months.

NBBC services for landlords

NBBC website

Updated and revised private landlords section on the NBBC website including the informative landlord information zone, and previous newsletter and forum content

Shared Private Sector Housing Service

Nuneaton and Bedworth and North Warwickshire Borough Councils are now operating a Shared Private Sector Housing Service. If you have properties in either area then all inspections, licence applications and queries will be dealt with by Nuneaton and Bedworth.

Please contact 024 7637 6376 or email: privatesectorhousing@nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk if you wish to speak with us.

It is hoped this will make it simpler for local landlords by only having to deal with one team and one set of uniform standards which will be harmonised over the coming months

Properties to rent

If you are a private landlord or letting agent and have a property you are looking to advertise for rent, particularly that is suitable for customers on low incomes or claiming Universal Credit, please contact our Landlord Liaison & Development Officer on 024 7637 6300 or email - landlordforum@nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk

National Landlords Association

If you are not a National Landlords Association (NLA) member but would like to know more about the Association, and receive a regular newsletter along with details of NLA meetings in your area then you can sign up for a free newsletter.

Landlord Accreditation Scheme

The aims of the scheme are to encourage, acknowledge and promote good standards of privately rented accommodation and to assist landlords and tenants to undertake their responsibilities to each other.

We have a variety of options to help prospective tenants access the private rented sector.

Housing Solutions Support Scheme

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