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Leasehold and Reform Act

Posted on June 10th, 2024 -

Whilst the Renters (Reform) Bill did not complete its passage. The Leasehold and Reform Act is now law and will come into force. We will advise members when the Act comes into force.

What is included in the Act?

Once the Act is in force, the legislation aims to strengthen consumer rights by:

  • Banning the sale of new leasehold houses so that, other than in exceptional circumstances, every new house in England and Wales will be freehold from the outset.
  • Making it easier for leaseholders to extend their lease or buy their freehold, and make standard lease extensions 990 years to reduce the need for repeated extensions.
  • Excluding ‘marriage value’ when calculating the premium on lease extensions.
  • Standardising the format of service charge demands so leaseholders have greater transparency about what they are being charged.
  • Making it easier to access redress by requiring freeholders who manage their property to belong to a redress scheme. Currently only managing agents need to belong to a scheme.
  • Removing the requirement to pay the freeholders cost when exercising their enfranchisement rights, making it easier to buy the freehold.
  • Setting maximum time limits for providing home buying and selling information, and setting a maximum fee providing this information.
  • Giving homeowners on private and mixed tenure estates comprehensive rights of redress, so they receive more information about what charges they pay, and the ability to challenge how reasonable they are.
  • Scrapping the presumption that leaseholders pay their freeholders’ legal costs when challenging poor practice.
  • Banning ‘opaque and excessive’ buildings insurance commissions for freeholders and managing agents, replacing these with transparent and fair handling fees.
  • Removing the requirement for a new leaseholder to have owned their house or flat for two years before they can extend their lease or buy their freehold.

What is not included in the Act?

A cap on ground rents, this was not included.

In addition to this, new flats will remain leasehold by default. Initially, the Act was expected to make commonhold the default tenure for flats.

A number of amendments aimed at resolving the unfairness of the Building Safety Act were also not included.

Article Abridged from NRLA

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/leasehold-reforms-become-law

 


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. 


SWLA General Speaker Meeting

Posted on March 22nd, 2024 -

Wednesday 17th April 2024 – Future Inn Plymouth – 7.30pm start – Members & their guests welcome.


Next Landlord Accreditation Course – Online

Posted on February 16th, 2024 -

Landlord Accreditation Training Course – ONLINE

Wednesday 1st May 2024 – 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 1200 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.


1/2 Day Course Opportunities

Posted on January 23rd, 2024 -

Plymouth City Council are working with South West Landlords Association to drive up the standards of accommodation on offer in our city. They are providing courses to interested parties keen to increase their knowledge and improve the standards of the accommodation they offer.

The courses are initially offered to various partners of PCC but where there are places available they will be offered to SWLA members on a first come first served basis. The first 1/2 day course took place today on Damp & Mould, it was very informative.

Keep your eye out for any further opportunities.


SWLA AGM 2024

Posted on December 21st, 2023 -

Wednesday 24th January 2024 – 7.30pm start – Future Inn Plymouth – Members Only


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.


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.


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.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-rent


Properties Required Urgently in the Plymouth Area

Posted on September 28th, 2023 -

PATH (Plymouth Access to Housing) are seeking properties in Plymouth for people in need of housing. There are many families with children and single people in temporary accommodation looking for a home.

All residential properties considered, rooms, flats, HMOs and houses.

There are numerous benefits and letting options for landlords who work with PATH including;

  • Free face to face advice about letting options
  • Funding may be offered to bring properties up to a ‘Decent Home Standard’

For more information please contact PATH;

easylet@pathdevon.org     01752 293719


SWLA General Speaker Meeting

Posted on September 14th, 2023 -

Wednesday 18th October 2023 @ 7.30pm Future Inn Plymouth, members and their guests welcome


Membership Renewals

Posted on September 14th, 2023 -

It’s that time of year again! 2023-2024 membership renewal payments are due by 01 November 2023: £50.00.

How to pay-

BACS – (Please quote your name/membership number as the reference) to:

Account Name: SWLA             Sort Code: 20-68-10                 Account Number: 50498610

Cheque – payable to ‘SWLA’:

SWLA, 30 Dale Road, Plymouth, PL4 6PD

Card – You can call the office and pay by card over the telephone. Opening hours 10am – 3pm Monday to Friday.

A receipt for your renewal payment will be sent by email.


SWLA – Open Afternoon – Cream Tea

Posted on June 27th, 2023 -

Notice of a General Meeting

 Open afternoon in the SWLA Office

Wednesday 12th July 2023 – 3pm – 6pm

 @

30 Dale Road, Plymouth PL4 6PD

Come and meet staff, committee and other SWLA members.

There will be a cream tea for you to enjoy while you chat.

 All welcome. 

We hope you will take the opportunity to pop in.


1/2 Day Landlord Training Course – Legal Update 2023

Posted on June 21st, 2023 -

½ Day Landlord Training Course – Legal Update 2023

Wednesday 16th August 2023 – 9am – 1pm

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. Renters (Reform) Bill
  2. Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 in force January 2023
  3. Smoke and CO new rules
  4. Recent Case Reviews

As well as other relevant issues. 

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.


Landlord Accreditation Training Course – Online

Posted on March 24th, 2023 -

Landlord Accreditation Training Course – ONLINE

Thursday 19th October 2023 – 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 1150 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.

 


Landlord Accreditation Training Course – Face to Face

Posted on March 24th, 2023 -

Welcome back to the first face to face course in 3 years.

Landlord Accreditation Training Course

Tuesday 20th June 2023 – 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 1150 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.

 


SWLA General Speaker Meeting

Posted on March 1st, 2023 -

Wednesday 19th April 2023 @ 7.30pm Future Inn Plymouth, members and their guests welcome

Notice of a General Meeting

 

 


1/2 Day Landlord Training Course – Repairing Obligations

Posted on December 8th, 2022 -

½ Day Landlord Training Course – Repairing Obligations

Wednesday 8th February 2023 – 9:30am – 1pm

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

Disrepair situations and not resolving them in a timely manner has the potential to derail possession claims and can lead to a financial counterclaim and fixed penalty fines. This course will cover the statutory and common law obligations placed upon landlords, explore fitness for human habitation, the importance of inventories and visits to check for disrepair/lifestyle causing damage or potential damage. Also, what landlords can expect from their tenants regarding living in a ‘tenant like manner’…. Plus, some useful tips on how to avoid potential problems.

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

The course will be instructed by Stephen Fowler from Training for Professionals.


Landlord Accreditation Course – Online

Posted on December 6th, 2022 -

Landlord Accreditation Training Course – ONLINE

Wednesday 15th February 2023 – 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 1120 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.


SWLA AGM

Posted on December 2nd, 2022 -

Wednesday 25th January 2023 @ 7.30pm Future Inn Plymouth, Members Only…………


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.


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