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News from Bristol

Posted on February 12th, 2016 -

Bristol City Council took the decision to create a new discretionary licensing scheme to include properties in Eastville and St George West. These two areas will now be declared as areas where rented properties require a licence. This will commence on 1st July 2016 although the deadline for applications is 30th September 2016.

Bristol City Council announces scheme to assist landlords finding tenants giving free professional services and attractive new financial incentives. See www.bristol.gov.uk/tenantfinder, email :private.renting@bristol.gov.uk.


Free Central Heating Offer – Cornwall & Isles of Scilly

Posted on February 12th, 2016 -

Act Now, offer ends 29th February 2016

Very limited free central heating offer for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Applies to owners/landlords and private tenants. Conditions apply. To find out more and apply, call Bev at Inclusion Cornwall, tel: 01872 355008, email: bwilson@cornwall.gov.uk. www.cornwall.gov.uk, www.inclusioncornwall.co.uk.


UNIVERSAL CREDIT

Posted on February 10th, 2016 -

The presentation slides from the Universal Credit Meeting on Thursday 4th February 2016 have now been sent to the office.

If you would like a copy, please cont10act us on 01752 510913 or e-mail swla12@btconnect.com


New changes to the How to Rent Guide

Posted on February 2nd, 2016 -

The How to Rent Guide has been amended as of 1st February 2016. Please remember to print direct from the government website each time to make sure it is the most up to date version. Can be found athttps://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-rent.


UNIVERSAL CREDIT MEETING

Posted on January 25th, 2016 -

Universal Credit is being introduced across the country and is expected to be fully implemented by 2017.

The first step of introducing it in Plymouth is being taken today, 25th January 2016.  All new claims for single claimants will now be through Universal Credit.

It is intended to replace six other benefits including Housing Benefit or Local Housing Allowance.

Find out how this will effect you and your tenants – come to the FREE briefing provided by Plymouth City Council and South West Landlords Association.  It is open to all and is completely free.

Where : Mendel Room,  Future Inn Hotel, 1 William Prance Road, Plymouth PL6 5ZD

Date : Thursday 4th February 2016

Time : 7pm

Free parking but do register your car at reception when you arrive


Right to Rent 1st February 2016

Posted on January 25th, 2016 -

From 1st February 2016, in England it will be an offence to let private rented accommodation to someone who has no legal right to be in the UK or no “right to rent”.

This applies to new tenancies starting on or after 1st February 2016 and requires landlords to inspect and copy certain documents (for example a passport or biometric residence permit) in order to confirm prospective tenants’ right to rent.  If a prospective tenant has an outstanding immigration application or an appeal with the Home Office, landlords can request a Home Office Right to Rent check.  A yes or no answer will be provided within 2 working days.

Landlords who don’t make the checks could face a civil panalty up to £3,000 per tenant if they are found to be renting out a property to someone who is in the UK illegally.

For further information- go to GOV.UK


GRANTS TO INSTALL GAS CENTRAL HEATING IN OFF GRID AREAS

Posted on January 25th, 2016 -

Funding is limited and available on a first come basis subject to tenants meeting the eligible criteria.

Grants are now available to install gas central heating in off grid areas. The grant will also help with the costs of connecting properties to the mains gas supply.

To find out more and to apply for a grant please visit

www.cosydevon.com/cosy-products/central-heating-fund/


Next Landlord Accreditation Course – Newton Abbot

Posted on January 19th, 2016 -

Friday 18th March 2016 – 9:15 – 4:30pm

Venue – The Long Room, Old Forde House, Teignbridge District Council, Brunel Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 4XX.

Price – £65 for members, £75 for non-members for one day course.

Course covers ASTs, Deposits, Section 21s, Section 8s, HMOs, Gas and Electrical Safety, Inventories and much more.

The course will provide you with all the skills to start, manage and finish a tenancy.

Places still available. Contach the office on 01752 510913 or via the website to book your place.

Over 475 landlords have already completed this course since September 2011.

Course can lead to Accreditation.


Members with Properties in Weston-Super-Mare

Posted on January 11th, 2016 -

Most rented flats and houses in Weston Town Centre will need to be licensed with the council and pay a fee if proposals go ahead.

Have your say at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/rented27