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Issue 50 - Nov 2017

Welcome to the November 2017 edition of the Greater Nottingham Landlords' Electronic Newsletter.

Contents

  1. Great News for Landlords - changes to Universal Credit and Direct Payments
  2. Unregistered gas worker sentenced for carrying out illegal gas work
  3. A million homes still at risk from deadly tumble dryers - landlords beware
  4. Calling all landlords in Gedling - have your say

Great News for Landlords - changes to Universal Credit and Direct Payments

The Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke this week confirmed that tenants who currently have housing benefit paid directly to their landlord, can continue this arrangement under Universal Credit.

The government has also scrapped the seven-day wait for claimants to apply for Universal Credit - a move which will help some tenants avoid getting into arrears.

This is a significant victory for landlord groups like the RLA who have been campaigning for a long time, fighting for reforms to make the system fairer for both landlords and tenants.

Restoring confidence

The changes announced in the budget go some way to restoring the confidence of landlords in renting homes to those claiming benefits - and the comfort of knowing that those who have housing benefit direct payments in place will be allowed to continue with the arrangement under Universal Credit.

For more information on the this please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/more-detail-on-15-billion-package-of-support-for-universal-credit

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Unregistered gas worker sentenced for carrying out illegal gas work

A recent case is a stark reminder to Landlords not to put their tenants at risk and to always check that the gas engineer you use is Gas Safe registered!

A Self-employed gas fitter has been sentenced after carrying out gas work despite being no longer legally allowed to do so.

Swansea Magistrates Court heard how, between July 2014 and December 2015, the man worked on a domestic gas installation without being on the Gas Safe Register.

An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) found that he issued a Landlords Gas Safety Certificate in December 2015 and carried out this work despite being warned by HSE in March 2014 not to. The man, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (3) of the Gas Safety Installation and Use Regulations 1998 and has been fined £1,600 and ordered to pay costs of £530.20.

Speaking after the hearing. HSE inspector Simon Breen said: "He undertook gas work which he knew he was legally unable to do."

"All gas work must be carried out by Gas Safe Registered engineers only to ensure the highest standards are met to prevent injury and loss of life."

Further information about gas safety can be found at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/gas

Landlords are also urged to keep up to date in this field as the rules surrounding Gas Safe are set to change - Join a landlord accreditation scheme https://www.dashservices.org.uk or a landlords association too find out more.

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A million homes still at risk from deadly tumble dryers - landlords beware

Whirlpool, the washing machine manufacturer, has admitted that up to a million homes could be at risk from faulty appliances which could catch fire.

The company told the Parliamentary Select Committee for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy that it had repaired only about half of the appliances since news of them broke in 2015, and that they were continuing to make the appliances for as long as three years after being informed they could be faulty in 2012. The machines have been blamed for a fire in a London tower block, and a fire at a flat in Wales that resulted in two people's deaths.

BBC Online, Guardian p4, Times p12, Mirror p24, ip6

Landlords are urged to check the appliances they supply to their tenants and landlords report that they are now going the extra mile and testing their tenants white goods to 'be on the safe side'

EMPO - the East midlands regional landlord association regular run PAT testing courses and more information can be found on their website https://empo.co.uk/training-courses.html

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Proposed new licensing scheme for landlords in Gedling - have your say

As you may have seen in the local press Gedling Borough Council's cabinet have approved a public consultation for the Selective Licensing of private rented homes in an area called 'Netherfield'.

The consultation will run between 16th October 2017 and 5th January 2018.

Landlord are encourage to read the consultation proposal and accompanying information and then complete the consultation questionnaire.

The following link is now live:

http://www.gedling.gov.uk/haveyoursay/

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