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Immigration Act 2016 Update

Posted on November 4th, 2016 -

Immigration Act 2016

The Home Secretary announced on 4 October that provisions in the 2016 Immigration Act relevant to the private rented sector will be brought into force across England. Today, we can announce that, as of 1 December 2016, these two further measures will come into force. They will:

  • Make it easier for private landlords to evict illegal migrant tenants.
  • Create new criminal offences for rogue landlords and agents who knowingly, or with reasonable cause to believe, let to illegal migrants.

The measures demonstrate the Government’s commitment to tackle illegal immigration, and its determination to take the necessary steps to protect public services and access to the private rented sector for our lawful residents. Today, we are sharing the news of this implementation date with you and the key points below.

Key Points


  • From 1 December, landlords could be charged with a criminal offence if they know, or have reasonable cause to believe, that they are letting to an illegal migrant.
  • From 1 December landlords can end tenancies for occupants with no right to rent.
  • For details of these specific measures, please visit the Residential Tenancies fact-sheet available on Gov.uk
  • For information on the wider Immigration Act measures, please visit the Immigration Act page on Gov.uk


Further information about both provisions will be made available on Gov.uk between now and December.  If you have any further questions you may refer to your Local Partnership Manager, if you are unsure who this is please email the LPM Support Team (I&SDLPMSupportTeam@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk).

Do you fit Carbon Monoxide detectors

Posted on October 31st, 2016 -

If so please read the following http://which.co.uk/carbonmonoxide. Which? reveals dodgy carbon monoxide detectors.

Deadline to apply for a licence in Eastville and St George

Posted on September 29th, 2016 -

Landlords are reminded if they have a rental property in Eastville or St George areas of Bristol, you need to submit your application by 30th September if you want to take advantage of the reduced fee.  If you have failed to make an application for each property by this date, you will be deemed as unlicensed and will pay a higher fee.

Applications need to be made on-line at https://www.bristol.gov.uk/licenses-permits/property-licences-for-landlords

Landlords will need to make the relevant fee payment to complete the application, the compliance reward for new applications will be refunded if valid certificates and the relevant fee are provided when an application is made OR provided by the deadline given in the licence.

Copies of valid certificates are :  Gas Safety Certificate, Electrical Installation condition report (with no defects under category 1 or 2 and no more than 5 years old), a valid EPC and fire alarm and emergency lighting certificates will also be required where applicable.

If you need assistance with your application we can guide you through the process if you contact Bristol Private Rental Sector Unit by telephone on 0117 35 21066.

Meet the Experts Event

Posted on September 15th, 2016 -

The next meeting of South West Landlords Association will be held on Tuesday 11th October 2016 at the Future Inn Hotel, Plymouth International Business Park, William Prance Road, Plymouth PL6 5ZD at 7.30pm.

Experts in numerous fields will be available to answer your questions:

Accountants, Immigration Officers (Right to Rent Checks), Plymouth City Council, Property Insurers, Letting Agents, EPCs, Gas Safety, Valuation Office, Plymouth Inventories, Tenant Referencing, PCH Manufacturing, Ventilation Experts and many more.

Wine or orange juice will be served during the evening.

We hope to see you there, guests are very welcome. The event is open to members and non-members.

You will be able to renew your SWLA membership for 2016-2017 during the evening by cash or cheque.

Please remember to register your car at the hotel reception upon arrival.

Grants for Energy Efficiency Improvements

Posted on July 14th, 2016 -

United Kingdom Climate Trust works with Government funding to improve the energy efficiency of properties throughout the UK.  Since 2014 they have been part of a team which helps over 1500 properties per month.  Every six months the Government selects measures to be incorporated into funding, whilst also selecting postcode areas throughout the UK to be given access to funding.  If any of the measures available are suitable for a property in a selected post code area, they can be installed at no cost to the occupier or owner of the property.

Once the installations have been completed the property will also receive a funded EPC, that will show the improvement of the energy efficiency of the property.

2000 post codes in the South West have been selected for funding.  Please contact United Kingdom Climate Trust on ukct.landlord@gmail.com   web – www.ukclimatetrust.uk to check firstly if your property is in a selected post code area and secondly if suitable energy efficiency measures are available.


Posted on July 11th, 2016 -

See www.lasw.co.uk for all the new landlord training courses to take place in October and November 2016.

Book your places now to avoid disappointment. Call 01752 510913 or email info@landlordssouthwest.co.uk.01

BND Furniture

Posted on July 6th, 2016 -

We have been contacted by Mr Steve Dyer regarding a business he operates in Cornwall.

He sells clearance/overstocks from High Street and On-line retailers

This includes – furniture from sideboards and bedside cabinets to dining sets and sofas.  He also has over 250 mattresses in stock and prices start from £20.

For further information please contact Steve –

BND Furniture, Unit 3 Century House, 28 Kernick Industrial Estate, Penryn., Cornwall TR10 9EP   Tel. No. 01326 617470/07966 476535

Landlord Training Course – Repossession

Posted on June 29th, 2016 -

Landlord Training Course – Thursday 6th October 2016 – 9.30am – 4.30pm

How to get you property back – Repossession

Course will cover :-

Completing Section 21s, completing Form 6A, completing Form 3 (Section 8), abandonment rules and procedures, move out disputes, possession claims online and when to use and court procedues including demonstration of online form completion.

Venue – Astor Room, Plymouth Guildhall, Royal Parage, Plymouth PL1 1HA.

Cost for SWLA Members – £65 for full day.  Cost for non SWLA Members – £75 for full day.

If you are accredited this course will count towards your CPD hours, but the course is open to all.

Places secured upon receipt of payment, book your place through the office on 01752 510913.

Course will be instructed by Stephen Fowler from Training for Professionals.


Posted on June 29th, 2016 -

Trago Mills are holding an Independence Day Dividend with 20% off everyday lowest prices in most departments.  Valid from Thursday 30th June 2016 – Wednesday 6th July 2016.

Legionella Risk Assessment and Tenants Advice Sheet – Legionnaires Disease

Posted on June 24th, 2016 -

SWLA Legionella Risk Assessment and the Tenant’s Advice Sheet – Legionnaires Disease, are available for members to download from our stationery page in the member’s area.

Members can complete the risk assessment themselves and keep it alongside their copy of the Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement.  The Tenants Guide should be given to the tenant(s).  There is currently no requirement for members to pay a contractor to complete the assessment.

Starting a Limited Company

Posted on June 22nd, 2016 -

The HMRC have invited any interested landlords to log into their joint webinar with Companies House to find out more about starting a limited company and directors responsibilities.

To Join – No special equipment is needed, use the link to receive an invitation and connect via the internet or any smart device.

To Ask Questions – use the on-screen textbox and an advisor will send a response.

27th June 10am-11am – HMRC and Compnaies House – Working together for you

For more information go to Companies House on Gov.UK



Posted on June 9th, 2016 -

Proposed area – Falmouth Town Council Urban area- excluding area of the Port and Pendennis Castle.

Members of the public can view the draft schedue on the Cornwall Council’s website at www.cornwall.gov.uk/falmoutharticle4. or any of the One Stop Shops during office hours.

Selective Licensing – North Somerset

Posted on June 8th, 2016 -

The selective licensing consultation has now closed.  A summary of all the responses can be found on  www.n-somerset.gov.uk/rented

The next stage in the process is for the council’s executive to make a decision on the proposals.  The meeting will take place on 21st June 2016 and the report and background papers for this meeting will be shortly available on North Somerset Council web-site.

Landlord Accreditation Training Course – Plymouth

Posted on May 18th, 2016 -

Monday 4th July 2016 – 9:15 – 4:30pm

Venue – meeting Room G18, Plumer House, Tailyour Road, Crownhill, Plymouth PL6 5DH.

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. Contact the office on 01752 510913 or via the website to book your place.

Over 500 landlords have already completed this course since September 2011.

Course can lead to accreditation.

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

ATTENTION – Members in North Somerset, Gloucestershire & Wiltshire

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 -

We have been approached by Alanbrookes Limited, Chartered Accountants advising that this Spring they are running a series of free workshops at the Weston-Super-Mare Offices.

The topics being covered are – Strategy, Structure, Tax, Adapt and Thrive.

For further information please view –





Posted on April 14th, 2016 -

The next meeting of the Association will be held on Tuesday 26th April 2016 at the Future Inn Hotel, Plymouth International Business park, William Prance Road, Plymouth PL6 5ZD at 7.30pm.

Speakers will include :-

Paul Williams – City of Plymouth Credit Union – Credit union facilities for tenants claiming benefits including Universal Credit

Steve Paine – Immigration Officer – Right to Rent legislation and landlord checks

Bromhead Accountants – tax changes affecting landlords

Wine or orange juice will be served during the evening.

We hope to see you there, guests are very welcome.

Please remember to register your car at the hotel reception upon arrival

Proposed Licensing in Weston-Super-Mare

Posted on April 14th, 2016 -

The consultation period regarding proposals to implement a licensing scheme in part of Weston Super Mare has been re-started from Friday 18th March 2016 giving further opportunity to respond.

The consultation will last for a further 10 weeks until 11pm on 30th May 2016.

If you have not had your say please follow the link at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/rented   or alternatively you can search on the site using the words “selective licensing”.

Paper copies of the proposals are available in the Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-Super-Mare.


Posted on April 13th, 2016 -

Rogue landlords who harass or illegally evict tenants are the subject of a new crackdown in Plymouth.  Plymouth City Council is working in partnership with PATH (Plymouth Access to Housing) who have appointed a dedicated Tenancy Relations Officer to tackle these issues.  The project involves the investigation of allegations of illegal eviction and harassment by landlords, and will see thorough enforcement action being taken against any landlord found to be flouting the law.

South West Landlords Association (SWLA) and Devon and Cornwall Police are partners in this initiative.

Illegal eviction, including a landlord or their agent physically denying a tenant access to their accommodation or taking a tenant’s key from them, is a criminal offence under the Protection from Eviction Act 1977.  Harassment of a tenant, including withdrawal of utilities, entering accommodation without informing the tenant and constantly contacting a tenant is a criminal offence under the same Act.  Both offences carry the posibility of a custodial sentence.  Councillor, Chris Penberthy Cabinet Minister for Coperatives and Housing for Plymouth City Council said “We are pleased to work with PATH on this important project and the officer is making great inroads into this sensitive area so far.  The initiative forms part of our Plan for Private Rented Housing and our aim to drive up standards in the private rented sector.  There are many excellent landlords in the private rented sector but we want to send a clear message that we will not tolerate the harassment or illegal eviction of tenants here in Plymouth.  Tenants deserve to live happily and safely in their chosen home just as much as anyone else and we are working with our partners to ensure this happens”.


Posted on April 6th, 2016 -

Section 8 (Notice seeing Possession of a Property Let on an Assured Tenancy) and Section 13(2) (Notice for proposing a new rent under an Assured Tenancy) have been amended by regulation on 6th April 2016.

SWLA are in the process of checking that our Section 8 and Section 13(2) are correct and if necessary we will amend the forms for members to download from our stationery page.

In the meantime, please see the web page below for the Government Section 8 (Form 3) and Section 13(2) (Form 4)


Remember to attach the grounds to Form 3

Court Fees for Possession Increased

Posted on March 22nd, 2016 -

As of 21st March 2016, the court fees for possession claims have increased by £75.00 as follows:

Accelerated possession claim (Section 21 only) from £280.00 tom £355.00

Standard possession claim (commOnly used for Section 8 Claims) from £280.00 to £355.00

Possession claim on-line (PCOL) (Section 8 rent arrears only) from £250.00 to £325.00

Reminder SWLA Office Opening Times

Posted on March 11th, 2016 -

SWLA Office on 30 Dale Road, Plymouth PL4 6PD, opens between 10am and 3pm – Monday-Friday.  Messages can be left on an answer phone outside these hours or by e-mail –  swla12@btconnect.com.09

Landlords Protected over Right to Rent

Posted on March 9th, 2016 -

Landlords will no longer be immediately criminalised for failing to pick up an illegal tenant following a campaign which demanded changes to the Governments Right to Rent legislation.  Changes to the Immigration Bill will provide some protection for landlords who have taken reasonable steps in an appropriate time span to teminate tenancies of those living in the country illegally.  Previously, landlords would have faced immediate criminal sanctions, upon officials discovering that they failed to ensure their tenants had the right to rent their property.

Tenants Right to Request Consent to Energy Efficiency Improvements

Posted on March 2nd, 2016 -

With effect from 1st April 2016 tenants will be able to request consent from their landlords to carry out energy efficiency improvements to privately rented properties.  The landlord will not be able to unreasonably refuse consent.  It will, however, be the responsibility of tenants to ensure that the works are funded and the intention is that no upfront costs should fall on the landlord, unless the landlord agrees to contribute.

There are separate regulations requiring properties to be brought up to an E rating on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) which are effective from 1st April 2018.

Next Landlord Accreditation Course – Newton Abbot

Posted on February 29th, 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.

Contact the office on 01752 510913 or via the website to book your place.


Posted on February 25th, 2016 -

Trago2Business is offering a trade discount card to the South West Landlords Association membership, providing a 15% discount on purchases (with some exemptions) made within store and free delivery on most bulky items and purchases over £1000 within Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.

To obtain a Business Account Card, please e-mail the address below giving your name, SWLA membership number, contact address, phone number and e-mail address :

sales@trago2business.co.uk  or apply by post to Trago2Business, Twowatersfoot, Liskeard, Cornwall PL14 6HY.

Trago will then confirm with SWLA to ensure that the person contacting them is actually a SWLA member.  If you are an existing Trago2Business card holder you can upgrade to a SWLA card if it provides a better discount than you are already achieving.