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What would the PRS look like under a Labour government?

Posted on May 30th, 2024 -

On Wednesday 15 May 2024, the Labour Housing Group hosted the launch of the report of the Independent Review of the Private Rented Sector.

The Labour commissioned report proposes a major overhaul of the PRS, including compulsory registration/accreditation for landlords and the implementation of rent controls.

The full report can be read here; https://labourhousing.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Independent-Review-of-the-UKs-Private-Rented-Housing-Sector.pdf

The Labour Housing Group say;

”In January 2023 the Labour Party announced that Stephen Cowan would conduct a widespread independent review of the PRS, looking at how to make plans for reforming private renting work in practice. Stephen has taken evidence from a wide range of professional bodies, academics, policy think tanks and commentators, trade unions and renters’ groups, and political groups and politicians. 

The resulting set of proposals has the potential to transform the private rented sector in the UK, giving tenants more choice and control over their homes, greater security, the right to make their home their own and most important of all, the right to live in a home fit for human habitation.”



TradePoint/B&Q up to 25% off Home Refresh Products – From Friday 31st May to Monday 24th June 2024

Posted on May 30th, 2024 -

Perfect for landlords and property developers! SWLA Trade Discount members get an extra 10% off on top.

For all ‘Refresh for Less’ deals, visit Search results | Tradepoint (trade-point.co.uk)

SWLA Trago2Business Members – 20% Off This Bank Holiday Weekend at Trago Mills!!

Posted on May 24th, 2024 -


Saturday 25th May until Monday 27th May 2024.

Usual exemptions apply.

If you are an SWLA member and have not yet applied for your Trago2Business card – please contact the SWLA office for details on how to apply. Alternatively, log into the the members area of the SWLA website and see ‘Member Discounts’ in the members area.

Free Landlord Webinar – by Martyn Taylor of Ashley Taylors Legal – Where are we with Renters Reform? – Tuesday 28th May 2024

Posted on May 17th, 2024 -

This month’s 30 minute Ashley Taylors Legal Webinar looks at the issues and problems that are arising with the Renters Reform proposals. It’s worth knowing them now! Plus there will be information on a few smaller items which need some revision to avoid unnecessary expense whilst renting your property.

Your speaker Martyn Taylor has been conducting Landlord and Tenant cases since July 1980 and his team specialize solely in that subject. He will talk with up to date experience and share what’s happening in the Courts and Law today.

When: Tuesday 28th May 2024  11:30am
Where: Online (Zoom)
Topic: Where are we with Renters Reform?

Register in advance for this webinar:



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


Landlord Accreditation Course – Face to Face

Posted on May 14th, 2024 -

Landlord Accreditation Training Course – Face to Face

Thursday 3rd October 2024 – 9:15 – 4:30pm

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

Price – £80 for members of SWLA, £100 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 1230 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. 

RENT SMART DEVON – Free Landlord Open Event – 23 May 2024 – Exeter Racecourse

Posted on May 10th, 2024 -

Teignbridge is hosting the following event jointly with East Devon District Council, Exeter City Council and Mid Devon District Council. SWLA have a stand at the event. All landlords welcome. 

You are invited to join SWLA at the upcoming Rent Smart Devon event, the premier local event for private landlords and anyone involved in letting property.

It is being held on Thursday 23 May at Exeter Racecourse, Haldon Hill, Exeter EX6 7XS and will run from 2.00pm to 8.00pm.


This free event, kindly sponsored by Tozers LLP, will host exhibitions from specialist companies covering many aspects of property management, as well as support organisations, available to help smooth the tenancy pathway. There will be a range of experts on hand to answer your questions.

Doors open at 2pm for networking with presentations in break-out rooms throughout the afternoon and evening.

The final presentation timetable will be published nearer the event but will cover the following topics:

  • What the Renters (Reform) Bill means for you
  • Understanding and addressing damp and mould
  • Exeter Community Energy’s New Retrofit Service
  • Finance Update

Book your place now so you don’t miss out!

Teignbridge is hosting this event jointly with East Devon District Council, Exeter City Council and Mid Devon District Council. If you are a business and would like to book a stand – please contact the organisers.

Rent Smart Devon Tickets, Thu, May 23, 2024 at 2:00 PM | Eventbrite

Waste Management in HMOs

Posted on May 9th, 2024 -

Waste and HMOs: A Guide for Landlords and Managing Agents – by Plymouth City Council

HMOs (Houses of Multiple Occupation) can present unique challenges when it comes to waste management. Landlords and managing agents play a crucial role in ensuring that waste produced by tenants does not pose public health hazards or contribute to litter and fly-tipping issues. With the introduction of new regulations, it’s more important than ever for landlords to be proactive in managing waste within their properties.


Understanding Your Responsibilities

Since October 2018 changes in HMO licensing require landlords to provide adequate facilities for storing and disposing of household waste, recycling, and garden waste. Failure to meet these requirements can lead to penalties and enforcement action. Here are some essential steps landlords can take to effectively manage waste in HMOs:

  1. Encourage Waste Separation

Facilitate the separation of recyclable and non-recyclable waste within the property by providing separate bins for each type of waste. This simple step empowers tenants to manage their waste more efficiently and encourages environmentally responsible behaviour.

  1. Designate Bin Storage Areas

Allocate a specific area within the property boundary for storing wheelie bins between collections. Implementing a small wooden structure can protect bins from damage, unauthorised use, or theft. By keeping bins contained, landlords can prevent obstructions in public areas and maintain a tidy environment.

  1. Ensure Adequate Waste Receptacles

Prior to new tenant arrivals, landlords should verify that there are enough council-issued waste receptacles for the number of occupants. These receptacles should be clearly marked with the property number to avoid confusion.

  1. Display Waste Collection Information

Prominently display information about the local council’s waste collection rules, such as Plymouth City Council’s domestic waste collection rules (Section 46 notice). Providing tenants with clear guidelines helps to prevent non-compliance and fosters cooperation in waste management efforts. Section 46 | PLYMOUTH.GOV.UK

  1. Provide Information Leaflets

Upon each new tenant’s arrival, furnish them with informative leaflets detailing how domestic waste is managed in the area. This resource equips tenants with essential knowledge and reinforces their role in maintaining a clean and orderly environment.


Commercial Waste Disposal

Commercial waste encompasses any waste generated from business or commercial activity. When it comes to rental properties this includes all waste left behind by tenants upon vacating the property, such as fixtures, fittings, furniture and household waste. It also includes any waste produced from the refurbishing of properties, replacement items and the packaging they have been delivered in. Anyone transporting commercial waste must be licensed to do so. Register or renew as a waste carrier, broker or dealer – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


In conclusion, effective waste management in HMOs requires proactive measures from landlords and managing agents. By implementing the strategies outlined above, landlords can uphold their responsibilities, maintain compliance with regulations, and contribute to a cleaner and safer living environment for tenants and the community at large.

Bristol Investor Seminar – 30th May 2024 – 5.30pm – SWLA MEMBERS AND GUESTS WELCOME

Posted on May 1st, 2024 -

Book your tickets to update your knowledge on property investing and learn from experts. For further information and to book your ticket please click here; https://bristollandlordseminar2024.eventbrite.com




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