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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LANDLORD RIGHTS FOR INSPECTING OR VIEWING A PROPERTY

5th January 2017 By

A new information sheet is now available in the Members Area of the website under Information Sheets for Landlords outlining what landlords need to do when wishing to visit a property.

Thanks to our friends at Coodes for this.

A copy of the document will appear in the January 2017 newsletter.

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AUTUMN STATEMENT NOVEMBER 2016

24th November 2016 By

The following is intended only as a brief review of how we feel the private rented sector will be affected by the announcements in the autumn statement.  Not a lot of surprises as there have been many announcements in the last few days.

 

Letting Agent Fees

Charging of fees to tenants by letting agents to be banned as soon as possible.  Administration fees, reference fees and credit checks will still be chargeable.

Banning of letting agent fees has been in force in Scotland and has seen landlords facing extra costs and often increasing rents to meet those costs.

When this ban was announced a short while ago Gavin Barwell MP (Minister for Housing and Planning) tweeted “Bad idea – landlords would pass costs on to tenants via rent. We’re looking at other ways to cut upfront costs & raise standards”.

 

Insurance Premium Tax

The basic rate of Insurance Premium Tax will rise from 10% to 12% from 1 June 2017.

 

SOME GOOD NEWS:

 

Tax thresholds

No change to previously announced increase to tax-free allowance from £11,000 to £11,500 by April and £12,500 by 2020.

Commitment to raise the top threshold to £50,000 remains.

 

Fuel duty

Cancelled for the seventh consecutive year.

 

Universal Credit

A reduction in the rate at which benefits are withdrawn from people when they start work The taper rate at which universal credit is withdrawn as earnings rise to be reduced from 65p to 63p.

 

National Living Wage

National Living Wage to rise to £7.50 from April 2017

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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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GAS SAFETY WEEK: FIGHTING FOR A GAS SAFE NATION

15th August 2015 By

We are proud to be supporting Gas Safety Week 2015, taking place 14th – 20th September.

Gas Safety Week is an annual safety week to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances. It is co-ordinated by Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on gas.

Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. Every year thousands of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning. It is a highly poisonous gas. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it, but it can kill quickly with no warning.

Landlords are legally responsible for the safety of their tenants. Landlords should make sure maintenance and annual safety checks on gas appliances are carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer.

If you’re a landlord, you are legally obliged to make sure:

  • Pipe-work, appliances and flues provided for tenants are maintained in a safe condition.
  • All appliances and flues provided for tenants use have an annual safety check. Set a reminder so you don’t forget at www.staygassafe.co.uk.
  • Maintenance and annual safety checks are carried out by an engineer registered with Gas Safe Register.
  • All gas equipment (including any appliance left by a previous tenant) is safe or otherwise removed before re-letting.
  • A Gas Safety Record is provided to the tenant within 28 days of completing the check or to any new tenant before they move in.
  • You keep a copy of the Gas Safety Record for two years.

Before any gas work is carried out always check the engineers ID card and make sure the engineer is qualified for the work you need doing. Encourage your tenants to do the same.

For more information and to find and check an engineer go to www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.

 

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