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COULD YOUR PROPERTIES QUALIFY FOR A FREE GAS BOILER

From 2016, government legislation means your tenants will be able to demand energy improvements to their rented properties.


RIGHT TO RENT

Under the Immigration Act, a number of Government partners are working with the public and private sector to:


IMPORTANT CHANGES TO SECTION 21 NOTICES FROM 1ST OCTOBER 2015

Due to a combination of the Deregulation Act 2015 and the Assured Shorthold Tenancy Notices and Prescribed Requirements (England) Regulations 2015 (S1 2015 No. 1646) there are big changes to the way in which Section 21 notices are issued from 1st October


THE SMOKE & CARBON MONOXIDE ALARM (ENGLAND) REGULATIONS, 2015

Q & A Booklet for the Private Rented Sector - landlords and tenants


TAX CHANGES

All you need to know about the Government’s plans to restrict finance cost relief for individual landlord.


SMOKE ALARM REGULATIONS.

From 1st October 2015 new regulations come into force under the Deregulation Act with require landlords to ensure the fire safety of their tenants as well as offer protection against carbon monoxide poisoning.


SECTION 8 AND SECTION 13 NOTICES

As from 6th April 2015 new forms have been prescribed for the above notices.


DEREGULATION ACT 2015

Following the passing of the Deregulation Act on 27th March 2015 there are a number of new rules in force for landlords and agents.


FURNITURE AND FIRE SAFETY ALERT

It has recently come to the attention of our colleagues in Trading Standards that there may be fire safety issues with some furniture that may be supplied to local landlords.


IMPORTANT  INFORMATION ON DEPOSITS/BONDS

Under the new Deregulation Act which came into force on 26th March 2015, important changes were introduced regarding any bonds taken by a private landlord/agent from a tenant.  These changes came into force immediately:


BENEFITS UPDATE – MARCH 2015UNIVERSAL CREDIT

This is now live in a number of areas in the North West for both single JSA claimants and families and householders.  Anyone of working age making a new claim to certain state benefits in these areas will apply for Universal Credit.  National Ro


LEGIONELLAYOUR DUTIES AND LEGAL RESPONSIBILITIES AS A LANDLORD

Organisations, or self-employed individuals, who provide residential accommodation or who are responsible for the water system(s) in their premises, are responsible for ensuring that the risk of exposure to legionella in those premises is properly assesse


PROPERTY REDRESS SCHEME

It is a legal requirement for all lettings agents and property managers in England to belong to one of three approved Government redress schemes from 1 October 2014.


FREE BOILER SCHEME - DOES YOUR TENANT QUALIFY?

Free or Subsidised Gas Boilersfor people who really need them


ENERGY SAVING INFORMATION

The Landlord’s Energy Saving Allowance (LESA) was introduced by HMRC to encourage landlords to improve the energy efficiency of let residential properties. It is an allowance for the cost of acquiring and installing certain energy-saving items.


LANDLORDS RIGHTS TO ENTER THEIR TENANT'S PROPERTY

Whether or not a landlord can enter his tenant’s property to carry out inspections, repair work etc even if the tenant is unhappy about this, is a hotly debated issue.


LANDLORDS AND TAX

HMRC is offering a range of support and advice for residential property landlords who want to bring their tax affairs up to date by being offered online training in tax matters. The computer-based tutorials will make it easier for them to understand when


APPROVED REDRESS SCHEME FOR AGENTS

Letting agents have until 1 October 2014 to register with 1 of 3 redress schemes, to ensure tenants and leaseholders have a straightforward option to hold their agents to account.


IMMIGRATION ACT 2014

The Immigration Act 2014 contains a range of measures to reform and streamline the immigration system and address illegal immigration.  It introduces restrictions on illegal immigrants accessing rented housing.


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. 


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.


HOMESLESS HEROES

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


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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Could your properties qualify for a FREE gas boiler

From 2016, government legislation means your tenants will be able to demand energy improvements to their rented properties.

Gateshead Private Landlords' Association is writing to let you know as a landlord, your tenant and therefore your property may be eligible for a FREE gas boiler, subject to their eligibility and a home survey. In partnership with 8 other North East local authorities and British Gas, Warm Up North may be able to help you and your tenant. 

Subject to survey, Warm Up North will install a Vaillant A-rated gas boiler at qualifying properties. Take advantage of the offer now to save money on changes you will likely have to make anyway.

  • For that extra peace of mind, you and your tenant will also benefit from Homecare Central Heating Care™ for a year worth up to £228(1), which covers the boiler, controls and central heating system.
  • With a new ‘A’ rated gas boiler, your property could become more marketable, more attractive to tenants and make a real difference to their energy bills.

Neither of you need to be a British Gas customer to apply for this offer. However your tenant must answer YES to the following 2 questions:

  1. Do you receive one or more of the benefits listed at the bottom of this article?
  2. Do you think that you have an inefficient gas boiler?

If you think that your tenant may qualify for the offer please ask them to call Warm Up North on

0800 316 4320*

For text phone please ask them to contact
18001 0800 072 8626.

Your tenant will need to have your contact details ready to add you as a third party to their application. This means we can keep you updated with the progress of your new gas boiler. For more information or to download the Landlord Permission form, please visit: www.warmupnorth.com/freegasboiler.

As well as your permission, your tenant will need the following documents when they call:

  • The make and model of the existing gas boiler
  • Confirmation of the benefits they receive

 

To qualify, your tenant must receive one or more of the following benefits:

State Pension Credit

OR

Income Support as well as:

  • having parental responsibility or
  • receiving one of: child tax credit with a disabled element or disability premium or disability child premium or  pensioner premium

OR

Income Based Job Seeker’s Allowance as well as:

  • having parental responsibility or
  • receiving one of: child tax credit with a disabled element or disability premium or disability child premium or pensioner premium

OR

Income Related Employment and Support Allowance as well as:

  • having a work-related activity or support component or
  • having parental responsibility or
  • receiving one of: child tax credit with a disabled element or disability premium or disability child premium or  pensioner premium

OR

Their income is less than £16,010 per year, not including benefits, and they receive:

  • Child Tax Credit

OR

Their income is less than £16,010 per year, not including benefits, and they receive:

  • Working Tax Credit as well as:
    • having parental responsibility or
    • being in receipt of a disability element or
    • they are aged 60 years or older

OR

They receive Universal Credit and their monthly earned income, in any twelve preceding assessment periods, does not exceed £1,250 as well as:

  • having parental responsibility or
  • has limited capability for work or
  • receiving one of: a disability living allowance or personal independence payment

Parental responsibility includes being responsible for a child under 16, or between 16 and 20 in full time education who resides with you.

Terms and conditions apply. Offer subject to qualification and survey and open to residential properties only: home-owners or those renting from a private landlord. Your current boiler needs to be inefficient; C-rated or lower. Only customers who meet the eligibility requirements will qualify for the offer. Only applies to boiler measures recommended by an appointed surveyor. The offer is subject to availability and change or withdrawal at any time.

(1)Terms and conditions apply.

* It's free to call Warm Up North from mobiles as well as landlines. Warm Up North record calls to improve their service to you. Phone lines open Mon - Fri 9am-7pm, closed on Bank Holidays.

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