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SWLA General Meeting

Posted on April 25th, 2019 -

We had a great turn out for our General Meeting on Wednesday 24th April at the Future Inn, Plymouth.

Over 80 of our members came along to hear our 3 speakers present;

  • Russell Corre from the Sherriff’s Office
  • Melanie Cotterill from Roper James Solicitors
  • Annette Stone & Team from Thomas Westcott Chartered Accountants

We also had Jeremy Wood from Excaliber Associates speaking about the importance of having comprehensive landlord insurance.

We’d like to thank all our speakers for their interesting and informative presentations and all our members and guests for coming along.

Section 21- Government Announces End to Unfair Evictions

Posted on April 16th, 2019 -

At present, the government is proposing a consultation on the abolition of Section 21 repossessions, in the private rented sector.  Please be reassured, we will respond and keep you informed as and when updates are received.

The government will collaborate with and listen to tenants, landlords and others in the private rented sector to develop a new deal for renting.

  • New deal for renters to end unfair evictions – preventing private landlords from evicting tenants at short notice and without good reason
  • Step-change to create open-ended tenancies for all private renters – bringing greater peace of mind to millions of tenants in the private rented sector
  • Landlords to have more effective means of getting their property back when they genuinely need to do so


New Inventory Guide for Landlords

Posted on April 10th, 2019 -


A new guide on how to complete inventories on tenant ‘check in’ and ‘check out’ has been designed to help landlords and agents avoid tenant disputes over fair deposit deductions.

The guide is produced by the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS), the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) and the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA).

Accurate inventories are vital for providing proof to support claims to deduct repair and replacement costs from tenant deposits.

From 01 June 2019, the Tenant Fees Act comes into force, from that date, the maximum refundable tenancy deposit that a landlord can request is up to 5 weeks worth of rent where the total annual rent is less that £50,000.00.

For further information see the recently published guidance;


Government Guidance Released for Landlords and Agents

Posted on April 4th, 2019 -

Tenant Fees Act 2019 – comes into effect on 01 June 2019. 


Included in the comprehensive guide;

  • What fees can you ask a tenant to pay?
  • When does the ban apply?
  • What about existing tenancies?


The only payments you can charge in connection with a tenancy are: 

a) the rent

b) a refundable tenancy deposit capped at no more than five weeks’ rent where the annual rent is less than £50,000, or six weeks’ rent where the total annual rent is £50,000 or above

c) a refundable holding deposit (to reserve a property) capped at no more than one week’s rent

d) payments to change the tenancy when requested by the tenant, capped at £50, or reasonable costs incurred if higher

e) payments associated with early termination of the tenancy, when requested by the tenant

f) payments in respect of utilities, communication services, TV licence and council tax; and

g) A default fee for late payment of rent and replacement of a lost key/security device, where required under a tenancy agreement

More information can be found on the gov.uk website;


SWLA Attend the Largest Landlord Expo in the South West

Posted on April 3rd, 2019 -

On Tuesday 2nd April 2019, Iain Maitland (Vice Chair), Gillian (Office Manager) and Anna (Senior Administrator) attended the Landlord Expo event in Bristol organised by the 4 West of England Local Authorities. The theme of the event was ‘The Key to Staying Ahead’ and was open for all landlords in the private rented sector. There were seminars throughout the day, 60 exhibitor stands and was well attended by landlords.

The next Expo that SWLA will attend is the Teignbridge Landlord Open evening on Thursday 23rd May from 4.30pm – 8.30pm at Old Forde House in Newton Abbot. All private landlords are welcome to attend.


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