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Misinterpretation of Landlords Responsibilities Regarding Legionella

Posted on August 25th, 2017 -

Some consultants and letting agents are using the revised L8 Approved Code of Practice to suggest that new legislation has been imposed on landlords of domestic rented properties for managing and controlling the risks of exposure to Legionella bacteria of their tenants. This is wrong, the legislation has not changed and misinformation/misinterpretation can impose unnecessary financial burdens on landlords where they are being charged for Legionella testing and certificates they don’t actually need.

There is a legal duty for landlords to assess and control the risk of exposure to Legionella bacteria, but Health and Safety law does not require landlords to produce or obtain, nor does HSE recognise a ‘Legionnaires testing certificate’. Legionella testing or sampling is generally not required in domestic hot and cold water systems and then only in exceptional circumstances.

The law is clear that if you are a landlord and rent out your property (or even a room within your own home) then you have legal responsibility to ensure the health and safety of your tenant by keeping the property safe and free from health hazards.

 

For more information, please see the HSE website;

http://www.hse.gov.uk/legionnaires/legionella-landlords-responsibilities.htm

http://www.hse.gov.uk/legionnaires/faqs.htm

 

Thank you to Neil Hoppitt at The Bateman Group (http://www.bateman-group.co.uk/) for the above article from HSE.


SWLA Open Afternoon

Posted on July 14th, 2017 -

Thank you to all of our members who attended the SWLA open office afternoon on Wednesday. It was lovely to catch up with everybody and enjoy a cream tea!

Congratulations to Greg Yates who won the bottle of champagne, kindly donated by Ken and Brenda at Sam’s Accommodation.

Our next open office event will be in December, details will be confirmed nearer the time.

 

 

 


Upcoming Landlord Training Courses in Plymouth

Posted on July 14th, 2017 -

Landlord Accreditation Training Course

 Thursday 26th October 2017 – 9:30 – 4:30pm

 Venue – Astor Room, Plymouth Guildhall, Royal Parade, Plymouth PL1 1HA

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 600 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.

 

½ Day Landlord Training Courses

 Monday 9th October 2017

 Venue – Astor Room, Plymouth Guildhall, Royal Parade, Plymouth PL1 1HA

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

Cost for SWLA members – £35 per half day or £65 for both courses.

Cost for non-SWLA members – £40 per half day or £75 for both courses.

 First Session – 9:30 – 12:30 – Repossession Procedures   

  • Section 21’s
  • Section 8’s
  • Tenants who are in breach of tenancy other than rent arrears
  • How to manage repossession situations

Second Session – 13:30 – 16:30 – Important items of compliance and other safety related management issues including

  • Legionella
  • Gas safe
  • Right to rent
  • Electrical installation testing
  • PAT testing
  • Deposits
  • Smoke alarms

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

 

**The 17th August 1/2 day course is now full, if you are interested in attending a future similar course please contact the office**

½ Day Landlord Training Course

Thursday 17th August 2017 – 9:30 – 1pm

Venue- Charter Room, Plymouth Guildhall, Royal Parade, Plymouth PL1 1HA

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

There is no charge for this course. There are limited spaces so book early to avoid disappointment. 

Part 1 – Mine2Manage –  Inventories

 Mine2manage – easy to use software.

It has the following functions:

Tenant communicator via web and App. No more late-night phone calls from tenants.

Unlimited documents storage and sharing via the cloud.

Rent reminders and profit/loss reports. Can be exported and sent to your accountants.

Track maintenance issues.

Easily created inventories, periodic inspections and check-outs.

Part 2 – NAPIT – National Association of Inspectors and Testers

 Testing of electrical installations WILL become mandatory during this Parliament. Take this opportunity to see what is required.

 Points to be discussed are; incoming supplies, by passing meters, fuse boards old and new, earthing arrangements, circuit breakers, ring mains – general issues, PAT testing and the general requirements, electrical installation condition reports and the home safety guidance document.  

 


Rent With Confidence Scheme Re-Launch by West of England Rental Standard

Posted on July 12th, 2017 -

What is Rent with Confidence?

It’s a voluntary set of realistic standards and requirements that sets out clearly what landlords need to do when renting a property. If a landlord is accredited through one of the approved organisations, they will automatically be under the Rent With Confidence umbrella.

Who approved and operates the Rent with Confidence scheme

The four West of England Local Authorities Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol City, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset Councils have approved the Standard. The scheme is also supported by Plymouth City Council.

Which organisations are approved?

  • Bristol Association of Letting and Managing Agents
  • Bristol University Student Union Lettings
  • Consider-Rate Limited
  • South West Landlords Association (accredited members only)
  • National Landlords Association (accredited members only)
  • National Landlords Code of Excellence Limited
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • Residential Landlord Association (accredited members only)

What are the benefits of meeting the standard?

It will help you demonstrate that you are compliant and show prospective tenants you are a responsible landlord. There are also incentives available to members such as discounted rates for some licensing schemes, key property services, like insurance, property valuations, accountancy etc. Please see the following website for more information http://westofenglandrentalstandard.co.uk/

Why has Rent With Confidence been introduced?

To allow landlords to demonstrate they are responsible and so tenants know where to look to find decent landlords and accommodation.
If you would like further information on becoming an accredited landlord please see the following link; https://www.landlordssouthwest.co.uk/training/landlord-accreditation/
Upcoming landlord course dates can be found here; https://www.landlordssouthwest.co.uk/training/landlord-training/


Beware of Bogus Insurance Brokers

Posted on June 22nd, 2017 -

The following advice has been received from Bateman Group (Landlord Insure UK) who are specialists in providing insurance and financial advice.

Action Fraud have recently received a number of reports from members of the public who have responded to written posts, pages, pictures and adverts on social media platforms offering varying types of insurance cover at desirable prices.

However, once money has been transferred to the fraudsters posing as insurance brokers, a number of consequences have been reported.

In some cases, contact has been severed with the victim altogether and there is no further communication. In other cases, insurance has initially been purchased on behalf of the victim only to be immediately cancelled with the insurer; this means that bogus insurance brokers can forward voided paperwork or email concerning insurance cover to the unsuspecting victim and pocket any refunded insurance fees.

The Devon and Cornwall police offered members of the public the following advice:

  • Though many genuine insurers and insurance brokers operate on social media platforms they may also have their own websites and physical locations. It is good practice to conduct further research regarding any company offering insurance services, especially when the initial advert or contact is via social media.
  • If an insurance broker claims to be accredited with a good practice organisation don’t just take their word for it, be sure to contact the respective organisation directly and check their database or make an enquiry. To check that your insurance is valid, contact the insurer directly to verify the details.
  • Use the Financial Conduct Authority’s website (https://www.fca.org.uk/firms/financial-services-register) to check if an insurance broker is authorised.

Please see the ‘SWLA Insurance’ section of our website if you would like a free no obligation quote from either of our preferred insurance brokers. Anyone is welcome to obtain a quote but there are exclusive discounts for SWLA members.

Insurance

 

 


Free HMRC Webinar For Landlords

Posted on May 30th, 2017 -

If you are receiving income from property, you can find out about the different types of income, allowable expenses and all of your landlord responsibilities to HMRC.

You can watch live and interact on Friday 9th June 9am – 10am by clicking here and registering;

https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/8703658559873639681?source=Jun-Partner-campaign

 

If you miss out you can watch the recording here;

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/1901519977483118083

 

For further reading you can look through the HMRC Letting Out Property guide;

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/courses/syob3/new_letting/HTML/new_letting_menu.html?utm_source=HMRC-DSBA-Partner&utm_campaign=May-Campaign-Partner&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=Lettings


Meeting with Councillor Steve Ricketts (PCC) and Matt Garrett (PCC Head of Housing)

Posted on May 9th, 2017 -

The Chairman and Vice Chairman met at SWLA offices with Steve Ricketts and Matt Garrett for a quarterly meeting.

Subjects on the agenda included

Training venue for accreditation courses.

HMO licensing (New mandatory licensing under the 2016 Planning Bill).

Landlord accreditation.

Plymouth University.

Parking Permits – essential worker replaced by business parking permit for Plymouth.


Changes for Plymouth Bin Collections from 8th May 2017; A Cleaner and Greener Plymouth

Posted on May 3rd, 2017 -

From 8 May 2017, Plymouth City Council are changing bin collections so that brown bins and bags – or normal household rubbish – will be picked up one week and the green bins and bags – or recycling – will be picked up the next.

The changes will lead to an increase in recycling rates, a more efficient service and a renewed sense of enthusiasm for Plymouth becoming a cleaner and greener city.

Residents will have received letters which set out what weeks their brown and green bins and bags will be collected as well as their garden waste collection, which from 8 May 2017 run on a separate round.

To help make the new system a success, residents are being asked to:

  • Follow the guidance on the letter the Council has sent them to find out when they need to put their bin out and bring it back in.
  • Not leave rubbish next to their bin – it will not be collected.
  • Flatten items such as plastic milk cartons and cardboard boxes to create more room in their recycling bin.

 

For more information and to check your bin day, please use the following link;

http://www.plymouth.gov.uk/binsrecyclingandwaste/checkyourbinday

You can also check the FAQs which includes some great hints and tips to read though in case your tenants have any questions;

http://www.plymouth.gov.uk/binsrecyclingandwaste/changesbincollections/changesbincollectionsfrequentlyaskedquestions

 


‘Making Tax Digital’ Put on Hold

Posted on April 26th, 2017 -

More than half of the Finance Bill has been put on hold until after the general election which is taking place on 8th June 2017.

Among other clauses, the Government have decided to delay the legislation for digitising the tax system. The new system will require small businesses, self employed workers and Landlords to send quarterly digital tax records to HM Revenue and Customs (using a smartphone or computer).

The Government will legislate for the postponed measures at the earliest opportunity at the start of the next parliament.

Article abridged from an article in the Financial Times.

https://www.ft.com/content/b53a5ba6-29c4-11e7-bc4b-5528796fe35c

 


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.


NEW LANDLORD TRAINING COURSES

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.


TRAGO2BUSINESS

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

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1086966574805460738


ARTICLE 4 DIRECTION – FALMOUTH CORNWALL

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 –

www.alanbrookes.org/propertyworkshops2016

www.alanbrookes.org/landlords

www.alanbrookes.org/new-events-2/


NOTICE OF A GENERAL MEETING 26th April 2016

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.


PLYMOUTH CRACKDOWN ON THE HARASSMENT AND ILLEGAL EVICTION OF TENANTS

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”.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING SECTION 8 AND SECTION 13 NOTICES

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)

www.gov.uk/guidance/assured-tenancy-forms

Remember to attach the grounds to Form 3


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