Changes to the Green Homes Grant mean that it is now easier to find a contractor.
For vouchers issued AFTER 4 January 2021 contractors are no longer required to be TrustMark registered and PAS or MCS certified.
However, any subcontracted work must still be carried out in accordance with the relevant PAS or MCS requirements with regards to subcontracting.Vouchers cover up to two-thirds of the cost of approved works up to a maximum of £5,000 for landlords
UPDATED RIGHT TO RENT GUIDANCE
The following has been received from The Home Office. Documents in the Members Area of this website have been updated.
The Home Office is introducing a new online right to rent checking service. This is a significant step forward in making right to rent checks simpler and more secure for landlords and migrants.
Landlords will be able to undertake a right to rent check in real time for non-EEA citizens with a valid biometric resident permit or card and EEA citizens and their family members with status granted under the EU Settlement Scheme. In addition, landlords will also be able to use the online service for those who have leave granted under the new points-based immigration system.
The online service is designed to be simple for landlords to carry out the checks. It allows checks to be carried out by video call, and landlords will not need to see documents as the right to rent information is provided in real time directly from Home Office systems. The service is secure and free to use.
The online service works on the basis of the individual first viewing their own Home Office profile. They may then share this information with a landlord if they wish, by providing the landlord with a ‘share code’, which can be used to access the prospective tenant’s record. This authorisation represents an important safeguard and means landlords will only be able to view an individual’s right to rent information, and no other unrelated personal information.
EEA citizens will continue to be able to demonstrate their entitlement to rent to landlords by showing a valid passport or national ID card until 30 June 2021. Use of the service is voluntary and landlords should not discriminate against those tenants unwilling or not able to use the service.
The Home Office has also made it easier for British-born UK nationals without British passports to demonstrate right to rent by enabling them to use short birth or adoption certificates.
The right to rent Code of Practice and guidance have been revised. Our Codes and guidance are clear that landlords should conduct right to rent checks on all adult tenants in a non-discriminatory way.
Starting A Tenancy Course
On-line course to be held 6 November 2020
For experienced landlords and those thinking of letting their first property.
Cost: £20 for CRLA members or £25 for non-members
· Getting the first property ready for letting;
· Contractual constraints
· Preparing (all tenancies)
· Licensing and Planning
· Putting all the documentation in order
· Meeting prospective tenants
· Documentation required when meeting
· Right To Rent
· Moving In day
· Signing of the tenancy agreement
· Documentation required
Happy tenants and happy Landlord.
Please email Ruth Clarke (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a booking form.
TAX FOR LANDLORDS – ON LINE COURSE AT DISCOUNTED RATE FOR CRLA MEMBERS
Back in March 2019 Sue Bryer ran a course on Tax For Landlords which was popular with members and there have been requests for a repeat. Sue is now running the course in two sessions on-line.
Sue Bryer Landlord Tax Training
SPECIALIST LANDLORD TAX COURSE
Discounted ticket offer for Cornwall Residential Landlords Association Members
Virtual (Webinar based) Event
Split into two 3-hour sessions
both from 1.30pm – 4.30pm
on Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th September
On booking a place, you will be sent a weblink to join our course using our Zoom Webinar Platform.
Further details and to subscribe to our tax podcasts are on our website
Session 1 – 29th September
•Introduction and overview of the UK Tax regime
•Inheritance Tax, Capital Gains Tax (brief overview) and Corporation Tax
•Income Tax – an analysis and its relationship to Section 24 changes
•Allowable expenses and what to offset against income
•Full explanation of Section 24 tax implications with clear worked examples
Session 2 – 30th September
• Whether to operate as a company or individual investor (pros and cons of incorporation)
•Limited Liability Partnerships – explanation of the benefits of an LLP and howdrafting of ‘model clauses’ are essential to obtain flexibility for tax purposes
•How to move from an individual ownership to a company model or L.L.P
•The various options available, and which ones to use in the light of Section 24
•Trusts – an introduction to their use, benefits and how they are taxed
•Making Tax Digital – latest update for property owners re HMRC reporting
•Smart exits and strategies during your lifetime for wealth management
Special discounted price for 2-day virtual course tickets – £75.00 (remember, anyone in your household can participate in this training by sharing the same computer, laptop or tablet screen for the price of 1 ticket)
Please email Ruth Clarke (email@example.com) for a link to access the CRLA discount
We are proud to be supporting GAS SAFETY WEEK 15 – 22 September 2020.
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 your gas appliances.