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Issue 44 - March 2015

Welcome to the March 2015 edition of the Greater Nottingham Landlords' Electronic Newsletter.

Contents

  1. 2018 - Are you ready?
  2. Landlords - Join One Nottingham's Housing Network
  3. Update on the 'Additional Licensing Judicial Review'
  4. Landlord fined after tenant falls
  5. 3rd FREE East Midlands Landlord & Letting Agent Expo - May 8th 2015

Landlords are you ready for 2018?

From April 2018, landlords will be required by law to get their leakiest and coldest properties to an energy efficiency rating of at least Band "E" on the EPC rating.

Estimates suggest that on average the difference in a heating bill from the least energy efficient properties and those with an energy rating Band "E" is £880

Financial support is available through the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation, which together have improved over 1 million homes in less than two years. This means landlords don't necessarily have to foot the bill for installing new boilers and insulation measures to improve the energy efficiency of their properties - and landlords will only have to make improvements that are cost effective.

Tenants won't have to wait for the April 2018 deadline to get their homes up to scratch. From April 2016 they will have the right to request consent for improvements to make their homes more comfortable, and easier and cheaper to keep warm, and the landlord cannot unreasonably refuse.

For more information click this link .gov website

Here in Nottinghamshire the Healthy Housing Service may be able to help your tenants as they offer access to:

For further information on these options or to make a referral contact www.healthy-housing-service.com

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Landlords - Join One Nottingham's Housing Network

Become part of an influential virtual community for all those with an interest in housing and housing related issues in Nottingham.

Keep up-to-date and in touch with information at your fingertips via free, regular email alerts from Nottingham Nouse and follow us on twitter. Four housing related networking events also available each year, which members can attend.

View local and national information, legislation and developments across housing, as well as having the chance to give your opinions on how the Network can work for you.

The Housing Network has replaced Nottingham's Housing Strategic Partnership, one of the themed partnerships of One Nottingham, but has an equivalent role in shaping the development and implementation of the next housing plan for Nottingham.

To join the Network go to the orange box at: http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/article/22779/Homepage and enter you details in the 'Stay Connected - sign up to e-alerts' at the top of the screen.

You can find Nouse (twitter) under Nottingham City Council and Nouse (email alerts) under Council Business.

Don't worry you will only receive the Stay Connected communications you have signed up for, and your email address will not be passed to other organisations.

Any queries email: housing.network@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

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Update on the 'Additional Licensing Judicial Review'

A High Court judge has thrown out a legal challenge made by a group of landlords to a City Council licensing scheme aimed at improving the quality of private rented accommodation in Nottingham.

The Council's additional licensing scheme was introduced in January 2014 to ensure that privately rented houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in a significant part of the city centre and inner city area are managed properly and meet basic standards for quality and safety.

The scheme is also at helping to reduce complaints about noise, rubbish, and other anti-social behaviour.

East Midlands Property Owners Ltd had sought a judicial review of the scheme on various grounds but this has now been refused by Mr Justice Wilkie.

Out of around 3,200 HMOs covered by the new scheme, there have been 1,497 licence applications so far. Of these, 59% have required further licence conditions to improve the property.

In addition to the Additional Licensing scheme for HMOs, Nottingham has an accreditation scheme called the Nottingham Standard in order to recognise private rented homes that are well managed and provide a good standard of accommodation with no hazards to safety. When the Council directs anyone seeking support in finding a private rented home they are directed to this scheme. Unipol provide the scheme in relation to student housing while a regional organisation called DASH (Decent and Safe Homes) administers the scheme which covers the whole of the private rented sector.

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Landlord fined after tenant falls

A Nottingham landlord has been fined more than £1,600 when his tenant fell down a dangerous staircase.

As reported by Ben Ireland in the Nottingham Post, landlord Andrew Watkinson, 50, of Kendrick Road, Mapperley, pleaded guilty to breaching a Prohibition Order made under the 2004 Housing Act.

Watkinson was ordered by Nottingham Magistrates' Court on Thursday, January 22, to pay a fine of £484 and costs of £1157.

The Nottingham City Council Community Protection's environmental health team had previously served a notice on Watkinson in August 2012.

A follow-up visit by the council staff had found that the second floor, which was banned for rental, was still being used and had been let out to unsuspecting tenants.

These tenants had already had cause to go to A&E after a fall on what the council said was a dangerous staircase.

For more information on how to prevent falls in your rented properties why not become accredited with DASH Landlord Accreditation or Unipol Students homes & carry the 'Nottingham Standard - visit: Accreditation Services for more information on how to apply.

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3rd FREE East Midlands Landlord & Letting Agent Expo - May 8th 2015

DASH Landlord Accreditation is pleased to be supporting the 3rd East Midlands Landlord & Letting Agent Expo hosted by The East Midlands Property Owners (EMPO).

The Expo has become the biggest landlord event of its kind in the Midlands attracting over 900 visitors in 2014. Essentially it provides an excellent platform for people working in the private rented arena to seek the advice, guidance and tools necessary to succeed in the development and management of their rental property businesses.

The Expo is the perfect event to attend whether you are a first time or accidental landlord, a letting agent, property investor or managing an existing portfolio, in terms of keeping up to date and with the increasing complex legislation impacting the Private Rented Sector.

The key features of the Expo include a live residential property auction from Graham Penny Auctions, over 80 exhibitors ranging from suppliers to professional advisors and local authorities offering a comprehensive range of money saving services and an action packed timetable of FREE seminars and keynote speakers.

The seminar timetable for the 2015 Expo will include topics such as 'tenant eviction' and how to navigate around 'the top permitted development loopholes on HMO planning policy.

This is one of the highlights in the DASH Landlord Accreditation calendar and we urge as many of our landlords as possible to attend this useful FREE event.

For more information please visit the EMPO website: http://www.eastmidlandslandlordexpo.co.uk/

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