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Landlords Forum NUNEATON AND BEDWORTH BOROUGH COUNCIL - AUGUST 2018

Welcome to the 3rd 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.

Homeless Reduction Act

Jane Grant – Strategic Housing Manager attended to give an update on the Housing Reduction Act that has recently come in and how this is impacting on the Council.

From April 2018 the new Homelessness Reduction Act increases the requirement for Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council’s duty to help all eligible customers – rather than those with a ‘priority need.’

Private Sector Housing update

Rob Watson – Private Sector Housing Manager attended to give a talk on some current and pending legislation changes affecting the private rented sector both in the borough and nationally.

Preventing Homeless Improving Lives (P.H.I.L)

Leigh Caswell from the P.H.I.L project attended to give a talk on how the scheme can help assist both landlords and tenants, and the support they can provide.

The P.H.I.L project (Preventing Homelessness Improving Lives) was set up with the aim to identify tenants at risk at 2 months or more prior to eviction. The DCLG (Department of Communities and Local Government) have provided funding for this project and in part it will look to support individuals and families already in tenancies in the Private Rented Sector with the aim to sustain their tenancy and help tenants if they are experiencing difficulties whether it be personal or financial.

For further information there is a leaflet on the project and a flyer with information for landlords.

Universal Credit update

Mark Poultney from the DWP attended to give an update on Universal Credit relating to private landlords.

Current topics

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

How to rent:

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.

How to let:

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.

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:

Guide to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Residential Landlord Association guidance information on GDPR

Gas safety rules

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

Useful information

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 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 02476 376376 or 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 02476 376300 or email - landlordforum@nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk

We will soon be able to add the properties to a new website where customers can then contact you directly and we have a variety of options to assist with people accessing private rented properties

National Landlords Association

You can join the National Landlords Association for free as an associate member which is highly recommended.

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.

Housing Solutions Support Scheme

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

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