NEW BENEFIT FOR CRLA MEMBERS

26th October 2016 By

Tremain Garden Design are offering CRLA members a 10% discount on Consultation Fees and on Design Fees.

Remember to quote your membership number to get the discount.

Full contact details can be found in the Trade Directory on this website

 

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UNIVERSAL CREDIT Q & A FOR LANDLORDS

15th October 2016 By

Universal Credit – The Live Service Disclosure for Landlords Q&A is now published on the gov.uk site

Click here to go to the correct page

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ENDING AN ASSURED SHORTHOLD TENANCY

14th October 2016 By

Guidance on ending tenancies for members in a new document kindly produced by Coodes.

Do you want to know about procedures?

Do you want to know about notice periods?

What about terminating Fixed Term Tenancies?  Or Periodic Tenancies?

Do you need to terminate during the tenancy period?

Do you know about Retaliatory Eviction?

All is explained in this document

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FREE FIRE WINTER SAFETY EVENTS

15th September 2016 By

Register an interest by calling 01208 893133 or you can simply turn up on the day!

The dates, times and venues are as follows:

Tuesday 20th September 9am – 12pm – Saltash Community Fire Station, Callington Road, Saltash, PL12 6EB

Tuesday 20th September 1pm – 4pm – Liskeard Community Hospital, Clemo Road, Liskeard, PL14 3XD

Tuesday 27th September 9am – 12pm – Newquay Community Fire Station, Tregunnel Hill, Newquay, TR7 1QT

Tuesday 27th September 1pm – 4pm – St. Austell Community Fire Station, Carlyon Road, St Austell, PL25 4LD

Tuesday 4th October 9am – 12pm – Hayle Emergency Services Community Station, Commercial Road, Hayle, TR27 4DE

Tuesday 4th October 1pm – 4pm – Penzance Community Fire Station, St Clare, Penzance, TR18 3DX

Tuesday 11th October 9am – 12pm – Age UK Day Centre, St. Clement Street, Truro, TR1 1EQ

Tuesday 11th October 1pm – 4pm – Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change, The Elms, 61 Green Lane, Redruth, TR15 1LS

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FREE HEATING FOR MOBILE HOMES

9th September 2016 By

Up to 20 mobile homes could be fitted with FREE air-to-air source heating systems.

These are not necessarily for park homes but also possibly for individual units.

Contact Community Energy Plus on 01872 245566 and ask for details of the Green Heating Grants for Park Home Residents

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GRANTS OF UP TO £300 ARE AVAILABLE FOR ENERGY EFFICIENT HOME IMPROVEMENTS

9th September 2016 By

Cornwall Council and Community Energy Plus have a limited amount of funding to help where cold or damp are causing health issues.  This money cannot be used for anything which is the landlord’s responsibility but could possibly be helpful where the tenant’s lifestyle is causing problems.

Contact Community Energy Plus on 01872 245566 and ask for details of the SmartWarmth Scheme

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JOHN SAVAGE ACCOUNTING – CHANGE OF ADDRESS

1st September 2016 By

John Savage (Treasurer and Director of CRLA) is moving office.

His new address is:
9 Walsingham Place
Truro
Cornwall
TR1 2RP

Only a little way up the road from his current office

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CHANGES TO TELEVISION LICENSING COME INTO EFFECT TODAY (1 SEPTEMBER 2016)

1st September 2016 By

As of today (1 September 2016) television licences will be required not only for watching televisions but also for watching BBC iPlayer on any device.

Landlords are urged to ensure their tenants are aware of the need for a television licence, even if no television is in the accommodation.

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SUPPORTING CHIMNEY FIRE SAFETY WEEK 5 – 11 SEPTEMBER 2016

31st August 2016 By

CRLA are supporting Chimney Fire Safety Week.

Take this opportunity as a prompt to book your chimney sweep and make sure to keep the Certificate from the sweep in a safe place – just in case you need it.

Advice from the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps is  that some insurance companies will no longer pay out for chimney fire damage unless the flue has been swept and maintained by a professional chimney sweep who can issue a valid certificate of sweeping recognised by the insurance companies themselves.
Also, if the fire brigade is called out due to a chimney fire and it is proven that the chimney has not been maintained the local council can bill you for the call out.

 

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CHANGE OF SPEAKER FOR GENERAL MEETING 6 SEPTEMBER 2016

30th August 2016 By

Change of speaker for the meeting next Tuesday (6th September). Unfortunately Donna Cooper of CEP has asked for a postponement on her talk.
Big thank you to Martyn Dymond of Cornwall Council Private Sector Housing Team for stepping in at such short notice.

Martyn will be speaking on Decent Homes and the Cornwall Responsible Landlord Scheme

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RIGHT TO RENT CHECKS AGREEMENT BETWEEN LANDLORD AND AGENT

24th August 2016 By

Right To Rent checks have raised a lot of queries recently, particularly regarding the responsibility of agents.  Coodes have helped to answer this and a sample agreement has been added to the Download Resources for Landlords page of the Membership area.  The agreement is available in both Microsoft Word format and in Adobe Reader format.  Word format has a blue logo and (DOC) at the end of the document name, Adobe Reader format has a red logo and (PDF) at the end of the document name.

 

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TWO MORE COMPANIES OFFERING DISCOUNTS TO CRLA MEMBERS

24th August 2016 By

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WE’RE SUPPORTING GAS SAFETY WEEK, TAKING PLACE 19TH – 25TH SEPTEMBER 2016, ARE YOU? FIND OUT MORE AT WWW.GASSAFETYWEEK.CO.UK

18th August 2016 By

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CRLA OFFICE HOLIDAY

3rd August 2016 By

Please note the CRLA office will not be manned for the week commencing 8th August

PLEASE could you make sure you are up-to-date with all required documentation before the 5th as there will be no one to answer ‘phones or respond to emails during the week I am away

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NEW SECTION 8 FORM COMES INTO USE TODAY

6th April 2016 By

The Section 8 Form has been updated and can be downloaded from the Members Area under Download Resources for Landlords.  Available in either Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) formats.

Please make sure you use the up-to-date version of the form, ask Ruth Clarke if you have any queries.

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ARE YOU READY FOR NEW POSTAL CHARGES

26th March 2016 By

29 March 2016 sees the price of stamps increase:

New postage rates for letters up to 100g are:

First Class Standard Letter        £0.64

First Class Large Letter               £0.96

Second Class Standard Letter  £0.55

Second Class Large Letter         £0.75

Click here for the full price list

 

 

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COURT FEES INCREASED 21 MARCH 2016

22nd March 2016 By

Court fees increased on 21 March 2016.  Click here for a full list of court fees.

Fees for possession claims have increased by £75:00.

  • Accelerated Possession claims (Section 21 only) have risen from £280:00 to £355:00
  • Standard Possession Claims (commonly Section 8) have risen from £280:00 to £355:00
  • Online Possession Claims (PCOL) Section 8 rent arrears only) have risen from £250:00 to £325:00

The fee to issue a Warrant of Possession remains unchanged at £110.00

 

 

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CONTACT WITH CRLA BY EMAIL

6th February 2016 By

Apologies to anyone trying to contact by email.

info@ruthclarke.com email is facing a few issues.  Please resend any email where you are awaiting a reply to either ruthclarkemail@aol.com or use the website contact form.

Hopefully normal service will resume next week.

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NEW DOCUMENTATION TO BE USED FOR TENANCIES STARTING TODAY

1st February 2016 By

The government’s How To Rent Booklet has been revised with a new version now available.

Please do not use any older versions you may have in your possession.

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10% DISCOUNT ON INVENTORIES FOR CRLA MEMBERS

28th January 2016 By

Westcountry Inventories are offering CRLA members 10% discount on their services.  Contact details can be found in the Trade Directory on this website.

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