NEW HOW TO RENT GUIDE PUBLISHED

20th January 2018 By

The How To Rent Guide which MUST be handed to tenants taking out a new tenancy has been updated.  The new Guide has to be used, handing out old guides will not meet your regulatory requirements and could cause problems if relying on a Section 21 Notice in future.

 

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Courses 23 March 2018 – Setting Up A Tenancy – Gaining Possession

19th January 2018 By

Do you want to know about Setting Up A Tenancy?

 

Update Your Knowledge On Regaining Possession Of Your Property

Suitable for new and experienced landlords and for letting agents

Both courses being run by professionals at Coodes Solicitors

23rd March 2018

Coodes offices in Truro

Download booking form here

 

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JOB CENTRE UPDATES

2nd January 2018 By

The following news came in while I was enjoying a Christmas break:

Helston Jobcentre will close on 5th January 2018, and relocate to Helston Library, Trengrouse Way, Helston.

Newton Abbot Jobcentre will close on 19th January 2018, and relocate to Forde House, Newton Abbot, from 22nd January 2018.  .

Liskeard Jobcentre will close on 9th March 2018, and relocate to Luxtowe House, Liskeard, from 12th March 2018.

We await confirmation of the closure date for Totnes Jobcentre.

The local MP’s has been advised and all staff are fully aware and plans are in place to ensure our customers are fully informed of the change.

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Trago Sale

20th December 2017 By

One of the benefits available to CRLA members is the discount available on goods through Trago Mills.  I have just seen that they have a sale from 27 December to 31 January.

If you do not have a discount card you can apply for one when you visit Tragos.

I hope you find lots of bargains.

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CHRISTMAS CLOSING

19th December 2017 By

Can you please note that the CRLA office will be closed from lunchtime on Thursday 21 December and will not re-open until 9am on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support during 2017 and to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and Happy and Successful 2018

Ruth Clarke

 

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UNIVERSAL CREDIT – NEW ‘PHONE NUMBERS

29th November 2017 By

 

The following freephone numbers will be in use from today (29 November) for all Universal Credit enquiries.  Previous 0345 number is shown to help make sure you are using the correct freephone number

Service Line Current 0345 number New Freephone number
Universal Credit Live Service 0345 600 0723 0800 328 9344
Universal Credit Full Service 0345 600 4272 0800 328 5644
Universal Credit Housing Line 0345 266 0041 0800 328 3844
Universal Credit Sanctions Line 0345 600 3081 0800 328 9744
Universal Credit Live to Full Service Transfers 0345 606 9970 0800 328 7844
Universal Credit/WA Welsh Line 0345 600 3018 0800 328 1744
Universal Credit Text phone 0345 600 0743 0800 328 1344
Performance Measurement 0345 266 1232 0800 328 2144
Payment Services – Creditors/landlords 0345 600 2859 0800 328 0128
Payment Services – Customer contact 0345 600 2865 0800 328 0172

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UNIVERSAL CREDIT ROLL OUT IN NORTH CORNWALL

24th November 2017 By

Universal Credit Roll Out in North Cornwall will be going live on 6 December, but please note announced changes to the system.
To help identify if your tenants will be affected on any change of their circumstances, affected postcodes are shown below.

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NOVEMBER 2017 BUDGET

23rd November 2017 By

Members will almost certainly have noticed that the Chancellor stood up to present the budget yesterday.

With apologies for the delay, we have produced a rough analysis of the salient points which may affect your lettings business.

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REMEMBER TO SPEND YOUR ‘OLD’ £1 COINS

3rd October 2017 By

Please be aware that the ‘old’ £1 coin will cease to be legal tender on 15 October 2017.

After that date only the ‘new’ twelve-sided coin can be spent.

Spend them or give them to charity but don’t lose them.

Check those bottles so many of us have to save odd coins and down the back of sofas and chairs.

Some shops will be giving the round £1 coins in change up to the last minute, you can ask for the new coin but that may not be possible.

Those people who find the old coins after 15 October will still be able to take them to the bank for exchange.

 

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Supporting Fire Door Safety Week 25 September to 1 October 2017

11th September 2017 By

Fire Door Safety Week this year is from 25 September to 1 October

All property owners and occupiers whether landlords or not are urged to ensure that all fire doors are safe and correctly fitted.

 

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Supporting Gas Safety Week 18 – 24 September

11th September 2017 By

Gas Safe Week this year is from 18 – 24 September.

All property owners and occupiers whether landlords or not are urged to ensure that all appliances are up to date with testing and safe.

Remember only use a Gas Safe Registered fitter or technician.  There are hefty fines for anyone else carrying out this work and possibly for those employing them to do so.

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CRLA HOLIDAY OFFICE CLOSURE

3rd August 2017 By

Please note that I will be on holiday from Saturday 5 August to Tuesday 22 August meaning the CRLA office will be unmanned with no telephone or email contact.

Members:

  • For legal queries please contact Coodes on 01872 246200 or email crla@coodes.co.uk.
  • For fire safety queries please contact Jeff Hick on 01872 01872 277256 or email: jeffhick@hotmail.com.

If you leave a message on the answering machine (01872 554498) or send an email either through the website or to any of the email addresses (crlawp@gmail.com, ruth.crla.updates@gmail.com or ruthclarkemail@aol.com) I will respond as soon as possible on my return.  This may take a while depending on the number of messages and emails awaiting my return.  If you want a response from me more quickly I suggest you ‘phone me on 22 August.

The forms and information sheets on the website will still be available.

Anyone making a membership renewal payment by BACS or cheque during the holiday period will find that their access to the website will be restricted until a day or two after my return from holiday

Ruth

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DEPOSIT PROTECTION

22nd July 2017 By

The TDS (Tenancy Deposit Scheme) has launched a Code of Recommended Practice. Interesting reading even if you use a different deposit protection company.

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FREE CARBON MONOXIDE AWARENESS WORKSHOP IN PLYMOUTH ON 9TH AUGUST 2017

7th July 2017 By

The Gas Safe Charity is running a series of free morning workshops across the UK aimed at ANY organisation that delivers services in the homes of vulnerable people.

Low levels of carbon monoxide have been linked to increased risk of falls and dementia.

Front line staff and volunteers have a key preventative role but there is also a duty of care for employers. A range of organisations have attended past ThinkCO workshops and have now introduced carbon monoxide awareness into their induction and general training. There is usually only one place per organisation per workshop and each participant will receive a training pack, buffet lunch and a free CO detector for each organisation.

To learn more and to get a booking form please click HEREor email thinkco@gassafecharity.org.uk.

Any questions please call Hilary on 07813 977798 or Simon on 07549 956376.

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LETTER FROM DCLG FOLLOWING GRENFELL TOWER DISASTER

21st June 2017 By

DCLG have written to local authorities following Grenfell Tower disaster.  They have asked that the letter be shared with residential landlords.

  • In addition to the checks on residential blocks owned by social landlords, DCLG are offering private owners of residential buildings an opportunity to test cladding on blocks over 18 metres high through arrangements put in place with the Building Research Establishment (BRE).
  • These checks will be paid for by DCLG, and the information will be available to DCLG from BRE.
  • Where owners consider that they may have concerns about cladding on buildings over 18 metres high, they should follow the process in the letter.
  • DCLG have provided an email for enquiries: PRShousingchecks@communities.gsi.gov.uk

DCLG are keen to reach out to as many people as possible and the attached letter provides you with further information on the service they are offering. Should you wish to make use of this service, please fill out and return the form

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FROM TODAY’S QUEEN’S SPEECH

21st June 2017 By

  • Security deposits will no longer be able to exceed the value of one month’s rent. Compared to the restriction which already applied of one sixth the annual rent (aka two months’).
  • Holding deposits will no longer be able to exceed one week’s rent.
    There will need to be a consultation so date for implementation ‘some time in the future’.

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PROBATE FEES TO REMAIN UNCHANGED

21st April 2017 By

Good news from the forthcoming election.  It has been decided that the proposed revision to Probate Fees will not take place due to lack of parliamentary time.

Current probate fees of £215, or £155 for those applying through a solicitor, look likely to remain unchanged for the time being.

 

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DIG OUT YOUR OLD £5 NOTES – 5 MAY 2017 DEADLINE

20th April 2017 By

5 May 2017 is the cut-off date for using ‘old’ £5 notes.  They will cease to be accepted by most banks, shops and vending machines from that date.

If you find you still have a note after the 5 May deadline contact the Bank of England.  The Bank of England’s head office in London’s note exchange desk lets anyone with an out of date note swap it for a current one – meaning anyone with an old note can head there and swap the paper notes for polymer ones, but it is an awful long way to go!

You can save yourself a journey by posting the note to Bank of England, Threadneedle Street, London  EC2R 8AH but send it by recorded or similar service and keep the receipt.

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GENERAL ELECTION CALLED FOR 8 JUNE

19th April 2017 By

General Election called for 8 June. Perhaps time to find out who the candidates will be in your area and challenge them on their (and their party’s) views on the PRS. Perhaps a change in the tax, recognition that it is time to tidy up the volumes of legislation affecting the PRS and they need to recognise that landlords are needed and valued (the good ones anyway).

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CIVIL PENALTIES AND RENT REPAYMENT ORDERS

6th April 2017 By

From today Local Authorities will be able to issue civil penalty notices up to a maximum of £30,000 per offence as well as being able to apply for rent repayment orders for up to twelve months’ worth of rent.  Tenants will also be able to apply to the Tribunal for rent repayment orders.

We will be liaising with the Cornwall Council’s Private Sector Housing Team on this.

These regulations are just part of the measures to be introduced in the Housing and Planning Act 2016.

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