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Landlord Accreditation Training Course – Online

Posted on June 28th, 2022 -

Landlord Accreditation Training Course – ONLINE

Wednesday 3rd August 2022 – 9:00 – 4:30pm

Venue – Online

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 info@landlordssouthwest.co.uk to book your place, places only secured on receipt of payment.

Over 1100 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.


Government Boiler Upgrade Scheme Now Open

Posted on June 15th, 2022 -

The UK Government Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) is accepting applications in England and Wales for grants for the installation of low carbon heating systems.

Applications from property owners are now being accepted for grants of up to £5,000 off the cost and installation of an air source heat pump or a biomass boiler, and up to £6,000 off the cost and installation of a ground source heat pump are available between now and 2025. The grant is paid directly to the installer and discounted from the price charged.

Landlords and second-home owners are included in the scheme, subject to the other conditions of a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with no outstanding recommendations for loft or cavity wall insulation being met. Grants are not normally available for new build properties (except self-builds).

While the green solutions being promoted may not be suitable in all situations, this is an opportunity for landlords to look at all the options to improve the energy efficiency of their property before becoming mandated to do so. This in turn can reduce bills for tenants and make the property a better proposition to be let out.

These grants represent a way to upgrade with a significant financial contribution from the government.

In the Spring Statement, the UK Government set out their intention to require energy suppliers to improve the energy efficiency of low-income homes, and plan to extend the minimum energy efficiency standards for the private rented sector in England and Wales.

This is linked to the Heat and Buildings Strategy launched in October 2021, and whilst BUS is an initial step to help property owners make homes more energy-efficient it is still unlikely that the energy efficiency targets for the PRS and a reduction in emissions across the property sector will be met.

For more information, see the SWLA newsfeed or visit the gov.uk website.

Article Abridged from Propertymark


1/2 Day Landlord Training Course – Legal Update 2022

Posted on June 6th, 2022 -

½ Day Landlord Training Course – Legal Update 2022

Tuesday 4th October 2022 – 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Venue – Online

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

Cost for SWLA members – £35

Cost for non-SWLA members – £40

 Course will cover 

  1. Right to Rent changes
  2. Update on Section 8 and Section 21 Notices
  3. Material Information
  4. Fire Safety Act
  5. New smoke and carbon monoxide regulations
  6. Rent repayment orders
  7. New regulations 

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

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


Queen’s Speech 2022 – A Recap for Landlords

Posted on May 11th, 2022 -

Renters Reform Bill

The Queen’s Speech included reconfirmation of the government’s commitment to legislating on the Renters Reform Bill. This will include;

  • Abolishing Section 21 (known as no fault evictions)
  • Strengthening Section 8 grounds (for when landlords want to move in or sell, or have tenants with rent arrears/anti social behaviour
  • Creation of an Ombudsman for private landlords (to help resolve disputes before they reach the courts)
  • Creation of a property portal for landlords (to help landlords understand their obligations so tenants can hold their landlord to account)

The Bill was first proposed in 2019 so landlords have been expecting this change for a long while.

The Renter’s Reform Bill white paper will be ‘published shortly’.

Reforming the UK’s Data Protection Regime

As the UK is no longer a members of the EU, the government are looking to reform the UK’s Data Protection regime, a Bill is expected, due to be published in summer 2022.

 

For the full speech contents; https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/queens-speech-2022


1/2 Day Landlord Training Course – Legal Update 2022 – Online

Posted on May 10th, 2022 -

½ Day Landlord Training Course – Legal Update 2022 

Thursday 16th June 2022 – 1:30pm – 4:30pm 

Venue – Online

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

Cost for SWLA members – £35

Cost for non-SWLA members – £40 

Course will cover 

  1. Right to Rent changes
  2. Update on Section 8 and Section 21 Notices
  3. Material Information
  4. Fire Safety Act
  5. New smoke and carbon monoxide regulations
  6. Rent repayment orders
  7. New regulations 

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

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


West of England Landlord Expo

Posted on May 5th, 2022 -

Free to Attend! – Tuesday 17th May 2022 – 10am to 5pm – Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol – Come and join us!

 

 


Landlord Accreditation Training

Posted on May 3rd, 2022 -

Landlord Accreditation Training Course – ONLINE

Wednesday 3rd August 2022 – 9:00 – 4:30pm

Venue – Online

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 info@landlordssouthwest.co.uk to book your place, places only secured on receipt of payment.

Over 1100 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.


Renters Reform Bill – White Paper Delayed until 2022

Posted on November 18th, 2021 -

The White Paper on the Renters’ Reform Bill, (to include proposals for improving Section 8 & abolishing Section 21) has been delayed for release until 2022. It was due for release in Autumn 2021.

As advised in the Queens speech, the Bill intends to “enhance the rights of those who rent”.

In a letter to contributors to the White Paper, the government said the delay would “not only allow us to benefit from continued work with the sector but will also allow us to carefully consider the findings of the National Audit Office’s review of regulation of the sector which is due to report in the coming months”. The government is also actively engaging with tenants – along with other stakeholders – to learn more about their experiences in the private rented sector.

The speech’s briefing notes set out what letting agents and landlords can expect from the reform package and include:

Abolishing Section 21 (known as ‘no fault’ evictions) thus improving security for tenants in the private rented sector, as well as strengthening repossession grounds for landlords under Section 8 when they have valid cause.

Outlining proposals for a new ‘lifetime’ tenancy deposit model that eases the burden on tenants when moving from one tenancy to the next, helping improve the experience of those living in the private rental sector.

Bringing forward reforms to drive improvements in standards in rented accommodation, including by ensuring all tenants have a right to redress, and ensuring well targeted, effective enforcement that drives out criminal landlords, for example exploring the merits of a landlord register and requiring all private landlords to belong to a redress scheme.

Considering further reforms of the private renter sector enforcement system so it is well targeted, effective and supports improvements in property conditions, including a set of measures to hold “bad landlords” to account for delivering safe and decent housing to tenants without penalising good landlords.

Exploring improvements and possible efficiencies to the possession process in the courts, to make it quicker and easier for both landlords and tenants to use.

The proposed legislation would only apply in England.

Article abridged from Goodlord


Tradepoint Black Friday Deals 19th November – 29 November 2021

Posted on November 18th, 2021 -

**SWLA Tradepoint members will get an extra 10% off these deals**


SWLA – Landlord Accreditation Course

Posted on November 2nd, 2021 -

Landlord Accreditation Training Course – ONLINE

Thursday 20th January 2022 – 9:00 – 4:30pm

Venue – Online

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 info@landlordssouthwest.co.uk to book your place, places only secured on receipt of payment.

Over 1030 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.  


Notice of a General Meeting via Zoom

Posted on October 11th, 2021 -

Wednesday 20th October 2021, 7.30pm Start

Speakers will Include:

David Aggiss, Three Sixty Mortgages:

“2021: What a Year – the changing BTL/Investment Lending Landscape”.

and

Jeremy Wood – Excaliber Insurance:

“Landlord Insurance: Common pitfalls and how to avoid them”.

If you would like to attend this meeting, Please register with the SWLA Office who will send you details nearer the time;

email: info@landlordssouthwest.co.uk or phone 01752 510913.

We hope to see you on the night.


SWLA General Meeting via Zoom

Posted on October 7th, 2021 -

Wednesday 20th October 2021 – 7.30pm – Speaker Meeting – All Members Welcome


Training Webinars

Posted on March 15th, 2021 -

Wednesday 28th April 2021 – 11am – 12:30pm

& Repeated at 7pm – 8:30pm

We are holding two FREE training webinars being presented by Stephen Fowler.

The webinar will cover the topic – Compliance – Gas, Electrical, EPC, Right to Rent, their changes and a logical approach.  

If you would like to register for either of these sessions, please contact the office to book your place stating which you wish to attend.

Once you have registered, we will email you details regarding joining the webinar.


Good News – Training To Return

Posted on January 22nd, 2021 -

We intend to recommence training next month via zoom.

We are looking to start with 2 hour sessions on 1. Possession and 2. Compliance. We will run both courses twice, once daytime and once evening. Dates to be confirmed. If you are interested in either course register with the office.

We will also be running the first accreditation course via zoom so again if you are interested, register with the office.


SWLA Attend Private Rented Sector Partnership Meeting Hosted by Plymouth City Council

Posted on November 17th, 2020 -

On Tuesday 17th November , Gillian Kerr and Linda Johns attended the meeting along with various representatives from the PRS in Plymouth.

Many items were discussed including; actions taken by each party during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Climate Emergency and possible new funding opportunity, Legislation & Policy Updates, HHSRS and issues as we enter the winter.


Latest Lockdown Information

Posted on November 2nd, 2020 -

I am sure by now you are all aware of the latest Government lockdown update, announced on Saturday 31st October 2020.

As news and information becomes available from the Government website, regarding all things that may affect landlords, courts, the housing market and tenants, we will update our Website Newsfeed to keep you informed of any changes moving forward.


Electrical Safety First Webinar.

Posted on September 22nd, 2020 -

Martin Allen, from Electrical Safety First will be giving an overview of how the new Electrical Safety Regulations affect you as a private landlord in a webinar organised by Bristol City Council on 1 October 2020 at 2pm.  There are a maximum of 100 places, so please register your interest by emailing: private.landlords@bristol.gov.uk and type in ESF Webinar. 

A third of places are booked up so please register soon.


Latest support from the Government

Posted on August 17th, 2020 -

Self Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) (Sole Traders and Individual Partners)


Second and Final Grant – Are you still eligible?


From 17 August 2020 the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will open for claims for the second and final grant. If you applied for the first grant, then HMRC may email you regarding the second grant. (The email will be sent from: noreply@tax.service.gov.uk)

You will be able to claim from 17 August 2020 until the scheme ends on 19 October 2020. The eligibility criteria remain the same as for the first grant. However, you will be asked to complete a declaration confirming that your business has been adversely affected by Covid-19 at any time since 14 July 2020. This typically means that your business has experienced extremely reduced income and/or much higher costs because of Covid-19 at any time since 14 July 2020. If you make a claim and your business has not meet this criteria then the claim could be deemed to have been made fraudulently.

HMRC expect you to make an honest assessment about whether your business has been adversely affected. You will need to keep a record of evidence of how your business has been adversely affected and be able to justify this if HMRC call for your records. The second taxable grant is worth 70% of your average monthly trading profits. This will be based on three months’ worth of profits and will be capped at a maximum of £6,570.

How to claim:

On or after 17 August 2020 go to www.gov.uk and in the search box enter: ‘Self-Employment Income Support Scheme’. Please do not try and claim early as the online portal will not be available before 17 August 2020.

What you will need (the same information as was needed to make the first claim):

o National insurance number

o Self-Assessment Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) number

o Government gateway user ID and password

o Bank account number and sort code (we recommend you use the account which you usually use for business transactions)

o The address the bank account is registered to. This is probably your trading address or possibly your home address. If you are unsure, we would suggest you check your bank statements.

Once HMRC approve your claim, they will authorise payment direct to your bank account and funds should reach you within six working days.

If you do not have access to an internet connection, then you can make your claim over the telephone. The Covid-19 support number is 0800 024 1222 (Mon – Fri 8am to 4pm). This telephone line is expected to be extremely busy and we would recommend that you only contact HMRC if you are unable to claim online.

SEISS & Tax

The SEISS Grant is taxable income and it must be recorded within your business books and records. You should therefore keep a record of any grants received, as this information will be needed when deal with your tax affairs. If you are VAT registered, then the SEISS grant is outside the scope of VAT and does not need to be reported on any VAT returns.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)


The CJRS scheme is still available to assist employers, however, please be sure you are aware of the changes effective over the next couple of months.


o 1 August 2020

The government will pay 80% of wages, capped at £2,500 per month. Employers will pay the employer’s national insurance and pension contributions.

o 1 September 2020

The government will pay 70% of wages, capped at £2,187.50 per month. Employers will pay the employer’s national insurance and pension contributions, as well as and 10% of wages to make up 80% total up to a cap of £2,500.

o 1 October 2020

The government will pay 60% of wages, capped at £1,875 per month. Employers will pay the employer’s national insurance and pension contributions and 20% of wages to make up 80% total up to a cap of £2,500.


HMRC Fraud Scams

There has been an increase in scam emails, calls and texts. If you are contacted by text, phone or email claiming to be from HMRC, stating that you can claim financial help or are owed a tax refund please be mindful that this may be a scam. Do not click on any links or provide any bank account details or personal details over the phone.

This information is designed to assist understanding and does not cover all aspects applicable. We would strongly recommend that you refer to the governments published information, as this may change on a daily basis. Further information is available from: www.gov.uk


Training Courses

Posted on August 14th, 2020 -

We have not forgotten about training, we are working in the background to bring back courses as soon as it is practical and safe to do so.

We do not want to book courses too early and then have to cancel, but be rest assured that we are aiming to have courses up and running again later this year.

If your accreditation has expired during the covid period or about to expire, give us a call and we will book you on the first available accreditation course.


Cancellation of Meetings

Posted on March 16th, 2020 -

We have been advised by the Organisers of the Landlord Expo in Bristol on the 26th March, that due to the Coronavirus it has been postponed. They will advise us when this will be rescheduled.

Our Committee have taken the decision to postpone our General Meeting that was due to be held at the Future Inn on the 22nd April 2020, for the same reason. We will update you when this will be rescheduled.

The Teignbridge Landlord Open Evening at Newton Abbot Racecourse on 19th May has also been cancelled and will be rescheduled.


Compare Letting Agent Fees

Posted on February 14th, 2020 -

Landlords- you can now compare local Letting Agent fees on one website FREE OF CHARGE.

Letting Agents- you can add your company information and fees FREE OF CHARGE to the website.

The comparison site will reveal how much local letting agents charge for ‘full property management’, ‘rent collection’ and ‘tenant find only’ services.

4 simple steps

  • Select your available property area.
  • Compare and review Letting Agent prices.
  • Select your preferred agent.
  • Enter your available property and contact details to request a valuation and deal with the agent direct.

For further information: www.comparelettingagentfees.co.uk


SWLA Attend Private Rented Sector Partnership Meeting Hosted by Plymouth City Council

Posted on February 6th, 2020 -

Wednesday 5th February, Anna Lord (SWLA Senior Administrator) attended the meeting along with various representatives from the PRS in Plymouth. The aim of the group is to drive up housing conditions.

Many items were discussed including; changes in HMO licencing in line with mandatory licencing, the costings of HMO licencing, PATH tenancy training programs, the climate emergency and what the PRS can do to help.

SWLA are proud to be part of this group; helping to drive up housing conditions for tenants whilst ensuring members and course attendees are aware of their landlord obligations.


SWLA AGM

Posted on December 12th, 2019 -

SWLA AGM – Wednesday 22nd January 2020 – 7.30pm – Future Inn, Plymouth


SWLA Christmas Open Office

Posted on November 1st, 2019 -

Wednesday 11th December 2019; 3pm-6pm

Come and join us for a mince pie and a catch up. All members welcome!


Last Week to Complete the Consultation Survey; Abolition of Section 21

Posted on October 4th, 2019 -

Have your say! The Government consultation closes on Saturday 12th October 2019

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/52JFF5T


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