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Abolition of Section 21: Government Announces Delay

Posted on October 23rd, 2023 -

The Government announced on 20th October 2023, the planned abolition will not occur until there are significant improvements in the court processes for legitimate possession cases. The Government has committed to improve the process before moving forward with any changes to the Section 21.

The key points;

  • The abolition of Section 21 will not take place until reforms to the justice system are in place.
  • A new ground will be established for repossessing properties to protect the annual cycle of short-term student tenancies.

Landlords can therefore continue to use the Section 21 notice, this however is a postponement not a cancellation.

SWLA General Speaker Meeting Review

Posted on October 19th, 2023 -

Thanks our 54 members and guests who braved the bad weather to attend our latest speaker meeting at The Future Inn, Plymouth! It was great to chat to members old and new and listen to our excellent speakers.

We had Claire Weeks of Coast Inventories, a very experienced and professional inventory clerk who many of our members use for their inventories. It seems that inventories are becoming more and more important for landlords who want to really protect themselves and their investment, especially with upcoming legislation changes. Coast Inventories – South West Landlords Association (landlordssouthwest.co.uk)

We also had David Aggiss kindly returning to speak to our members, after speaking at our online meetings in lockdown. A captive audience enjoyed hearing the current trends and changes in the mortgage market – gaining knowledge about borrowing and the different ways to achieve their financial aims. Three Sixty Mortgages – South West Landlords Association (landlordssouthwest.co.uk)

We also had TradePoint/B&Q attend, reminding our members about the 10% discount for SWLA members. For details on how to apply, please contact the SWLA office.

We look forward to our next meeting!

The Next Face To Face Landlord Accreditation Course

Posted on October 17th, 2023 -

Landlord Accreditation Training Course – Face to Face

Tuesday 6th February 2024 – 9:15 – 4:30pm

Venue – Reception Room, Plymouth Council House, Armada Way, Plymouth PL1 2AA

Price – £65 for members of SWLA, £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. Contact the office on 01752 510913 or via the website to book your place, places secured on receipt of payment.

Over 1185 landlords have already completed this course since September 2011.

Course can lead to Accreditation, if required.

We are proud to announce Landlord Accreditation South West (LASW) are founder members of the West of England Rental standard.

Free Landlord Webinar – by Martyn Taylor of Ashley Taylors Legal – The Renters (Reform) Bill

Posted on October 13th, 2023 -

This month’s 30 minute Ashley Taylors Legal Webinar looks at this Bill as currently drafted, it will give you a view of what to expect operationally and how it will actually work in practice.

When: Wednesday 18 October 2023  2.15pm – 2.45pmTopic: The Renters Reform Bill Register in advance for this webinar:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


TradePoint Deals for Autumn – Until 6th November

Posted on October 12th, 2023 -

SWLA TradePoint members will receive their usual 10% off on top.

Second Reading of the Renters (Reform) Bill Expected This Year

Posted on October 5th, 2023 -

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has suggested that the Bill is scheduled for its Second Reading later this autumn. Addressing Conservative conference delegates at a Centre for Policy Studies meeting, Gove dismissed rumours of opposition from some Tory backbenchers and reiterated the government’s commitment to the legislation.

The Chief Executive of the National Residential Landlords Association, Ben Beadle, was at the meeting and expressed his support on social media……

“The backbench concerns of rental reform are not the view of the government, says @michaelgove, with the Second Reading scheduled for the autumn. Delighted to hear him speak so strongly on the need for responsible #landlords and @NRLAssociation campaigning.”

You can follow the Bill’s progress here; https://bills.parliament.uk/bills/3462

SWLA Meet with Councillor Penberthy & Plymouth City Council

Posted on October 4th, 2023 -

The SWLA President, Chairman and Office Manager held a meeting in their offices, 03 October 2023, with Councillor Chris Penberthy (Cabinet Member for Community Connections), Matt Garrett (Service Director for Community Connections) and Dave Ryland (Strategic Manager for Community Connections).

On the agenda;

  • Plymouth Report 2023
  • Landlord Training
  • Homelessness

Lots of constructive conversations and more meetings planned.

Updated How to Rent Guide

Posted on October 2nd, 2023 -

The How to Rent Guide was updated and republished on 02 October 2023. 

The changes are as follows;

”The How to Rent guide has been updated with advice on how to access free legal aid services, advice and support, regardless of financial circumstances.”

Any tenancies that began on or after 02 October 2023 are affected, ensure that this new version is supplied to your tenants at the start of the tenancy or before.

Always print the How to Rent Guide from the gov.uk website to ensure that you are providing the most up to date version.


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