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PRE-PAYMENT METERS

A pre-payment meter works on a ‘pay as you go’ basis so that tenants are in control of how much energy they are using. 


AS COURT COSTS RISE WHAT IS THE ACTUAL COST OF GETTING YOUR PROPERTY BACK?

On 22nd April civil court fees rose.  Below are the fees relating to Repossession of a property from a bad tenant.


NORTHUMBRIAN WATER

See below a link to a very handy tool from Northumbrian Water where you can list, view and manage the water service charges for all of your properties.


TRACKER RATE CAMPAIGN REQUESTS MORE LANDLORD ASSOCIATION SUPPORT

The background to the Tracker Rate Campaign is that at least two mortgage lenders have used ambiguities within consumer protection legislation to increase their profit margins on some of their tracker rate mortgage products for both homeowners and smal


SIGNS THAT YOU COULD BE RENTING TO A CANNABIS FARMER

The latest report from the Independent Drug Monitoring Unit says that there are now as many as 500,000 people growing cannabis in the UK.  Here is some advice on spotting the early signs of a cannabis farm in the property you’re renting out.


RESULTS OF LANDLORD SURVEY

We recently asked our members to take part in a survey regarding their experiences.   A number responded with concerns about Housing Benefit.  We put their concerns forward to the Housing Benefit section and they have responded accordingly.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR LANDLORDS ABOUT DOMESTIC ABUSE

If you believe one of your tenants is suffering from domestic abuse but they want to stay in your property the Sanctuary Scheme can make it possible for them to remain there. The scheme makes your home safer by installing the security measures you think w


IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT WHEELY BINS

Over recent years the Council has faced a sharp rise in the number ofwheeled bins reported lost, stolen or damaged, leading to asignificant increase in the cost of supplying replacement bins.


LANDLORDS WITH WEST BROMWICH FACE TRACKER MORTGAGE RISE

Thousands of UK landlords are facing a rise in the interest rate charged on their tracker mortgages despite no change in the Bank of England rate.


WELFARE REFORM UPDATE – OCTOBER 2013

Changes to Housing benefit from April 2013


TOP TIP FROM ONE OF OUR LANDLORDS

Now that the weather is starting to change , we are all starting to think about putting our heating systems on.


HELP US STOP LOAN SHARKS NOW.

Gateshead Council in partnership with ateshead Private Landlords Association are working in Partnership with the England Illegal Money Lending Team to help stop loan sharks. As a local landlord we would ask you to be vigilant in relation to this matter an


MULTI-MILLION POUND ENERGY EFFICIENCY MAKEOVER FOR HOMES IN THE NORTH EAST

Up to 50,000 households and businesses in the North East are set to benefit from an energy efficiency scheme – Warm Up North – worth up to £200m that is aimed at reducing energy bills and tackling fuel poverty.Delivered by the nation&rsq


IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT BONDS

On 14th June Lord Justice Lloyd delivered his judgement on an appeal from the Wandsworth County Court in the case of Superstrike Ltd vs Marino Rodrigues. 


CAMPGROUND IS CLOSED

On Monday 8th April the Campground Household Waste and Recycling Centre at Wrektnon closed for 12 months for refurbishment.


SWALWELL LANDLORDS LICENSING REMINDER

 Just a note to remind those of you who have properties within the new landlord licensing area in Swalwell, that the scheme goes live on 8th April 2013. It is an offence not to have a licence after this date, so would urge you to make arrangements to


FLUES IN VOIDS REGULATIONS

On the 1st of January 2013, a new gas regulation came into force regarding all gas boiler flues connected to room-sealed fan assisted boilers which have been fitted in void spaces. The flue regulations require that a Gas Safe Engineer must be able to see


NEW TENANCY DEPOSIT PROTECTION RULES

New deposit protection rules start soon that close loopholes that let landlords escape fines by returning money to tenants on the steps of the Court.


FUTURE PROPOSED CHANGES TO HOUSING BENEFIT

The regulations for these changes have not yet been passed so they could alter.


HOMESLESS HEROES

One of our members has contacted me about the above organisation. 


FREE FIRE RISK ASSESSMENTS AND SMOKE ALARMS

Gateshead Council in partnership with the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) are participating in a project to improve fire safety in the private rented sector. The Private Landlords Project will run from April 2011 and enables a free fire risk


KIM PROVES SHE IS HOT PROPERTY !

Kim Waugh, who has been working hard to raise standards in the private rented sector team, has won a prestigious "Property Woman of the Year" Award from the National Landlords Association.


ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATES

From 1st October 2008, any private landlord renting out his property to a new tenant will need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for the property.


LANDLORDS BEWARE!

All landlords are asked to be particularly vigilant when taking on board new tenants. It is essential that you are aware of a tenants history so you can make an informed decision as to whether they are suitable for your property.


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Pre-Payment Meters

A pre-payment meter works on a ‘pay as you go’ basis so that tenants are in control of how much energy they are using. 

Once the property is empty and the tenant has left, there is a daily standing charge for maintenance, the cost of keeping you connected to the network and various operating costs.

As long as the property is empty, this charge applies.  On average, it works out about 20-22p per day, per meter.

If you have a void for 30 days this works out at about £13.00, however, if your property is empty long term, there could be debts of over £100.  Until recently, utility suppliers often allowed for this debt to be wiped using a re-set code which takes the balance to nil but this is now no longer allowed.

This is an extra charge which needs to be taken into account along with your mortgage payment and council tax for the rental property.

 

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