Gillian Kerr (SWLA Office Manager) attended the meeting on 13th March 2019 hosted by Bristol City Council.
The meeting included a licencing update from all West of England Local Authorities, legislation updates (Homes Fitness for Human Habitation 20/03/2019, Client Money Protection compulsory insurance for letting/managing agents 01/04/2019, Tenant Fees Bill 01/06/2019). Trading Standards at Bristol City Council being the lead authority for the Tenant Fees Bill.
MEES enforcement was discussed. Also the findings of the MHLGC English Private Landlord Survey.
Making Tax Digital; expected to affect the majority of landlords by April 2020 (date to be confirmed).
With the Government overhauling the housing complaints system, a housing redress scheme membership may be on the cards for all landlords.