The Bond Board organises local landlord forums in partnership with our Local Authorities and regional and national landlord groups. The events are aimed at bringing landlords together to share experiences and bringing you the latest news and information relevant to being a landlord. Events are well attended by landlords and Letting Agents and they are your opportunity to meet the Bond Board staff, along with representatives of key agencies, such as the Local Authority’s Housing Benefit and Private Sector Housing Teams. We post details of our forthcoming events here. However, to make sure you are in the loop, Contact us to add your details to the invite list.
Here are some of our Rochdale landlords attending our Universal Credit training in October 19. It was great to see so many landlords attending and getting up to date information about managing a tenancy with a tenant claiming Universal Credit. The Bond Board has excellent contacts at the DWP and can support landlords with Universal Credit issues, reducing your stress and getting problems resolved more quickly. Sharing our in-depth knowledge of how Universal Credit works and what to do if there is a problem, such as rent arrears, also helps to reduce problems in tenancies. Contact The Bond Board if you need any support with a Universal Credit problem,
The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 came into force on 6 April 2018. The amendments include a new degree of flexibility to the timing of landlords’ annual gas safety checks. This change means that landlords can carry out the annual gas safety check in the two months before the due date and retain the existing expiry date. This should help you to avoid waiting until the last minute and not gaining access or having to shorten the annual cycle check to comply with the law. There is no change to the legal requirement for an annual Gas Safety Check or for maintenance to be carried out. Further information and advice is available on the Health and Safety Executive website.
New ‘How to rent’ guide
The Government has updated the How to Rent guide. The new version must be used for all tenancies set up from the 17th January 2018. Use this link for a copy of the updated guide:
We’ve been continuing our Empty Property works, where properties that have been empty for a few months or more are bought back into use through our Small Works Initiative scheme. With a new kitchen or windows or new boiler, The Bond Board can provide some interest free loan assistance with the loan being recouped out of rent once the property is tenanted and helping someone in housing need find good quality, affordable housing. For more information on the Empty Property Small Work Imitative please contact the office on 01706 342404
The Government has updated the guide on Universal Credit and rented housing. The guide gives information for landlords on managing tenancies where the tenant is claiming Universal Credit. It covers frequently asked questions such as ‘what can I do if the tenant gets into arrears?’ Read the full guide here.
New section 8 notice from the 6th April 2016
From the 6th April 2016, landlords of Assured and Assured Shorthold Tenancies must use an updated version of the ‘Section 8′ notice for seeking possession under the 1988 Housing Act. There is also a new section 13 notice for rent increases. Both forms can be found here
Council Tax Support Schemes for empty properties April 16
Both Bolton and Rochdale Council have published the details of this year’s Council Tax Support schemes.
In Bolton, from the 1st April 2016, Landlords will no longer receive a discount for Council Tax when a property is empty, regardless as to whether it is furnished or unfurnished. In addition, when the property has been unoccupied and ‘substantially unfurnished’ for 2 years then a 50% premium will be payable on top of the full charge. This will mean that a 150% charge will be payable.
In Rochdale, if the property is empty and unfurnished you can receive 100% discount for up to one month, and 25% discount for up to a further five months. After six months, the full council tax becomes payable. If the property is empty and unfurnished because it needs tructural repairs or alterations to make it fit to live in you can receive 100% discount for up to one month and 25% discount for up to a further elven months.After twelve months, the full Council Tax becomes payable. 50% is added to council tax bills for properties which have been empty and unfurnished for two years or more. This means that you will receive a bill for 100% of the full charge plus an extra 50% charge on top of this.
Both Bolton and Rochdale Council’s have empty homes initiatives to encourage owners to bring properties back into use.
Contact Bolton Council on: 01204 333 333
Contact Rochdale Council on: 0300 303 8870
The Bond Board is also keen to work with landlords with empty properties. For further information, contact us here
The 1st October 2015 saw a raft of new housing laws and regulations come into effect. A combination of the Deregulation Act 2015, The Assured Shorthold Tenancy Notices and Prescribed Requirements (England) Regulations 2015, The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 and the Immigration Act 2014 brought vast changes to the way landlords and Letting Agents manage residential lettings. Most changes apply to new Assured Shorthold Tenancies (AST) created on or after the 1st October 15 (including written renewals) and to all AST’s, regardless of the date they were created, in October 2018.
Are you up-to-date with all the changes? Read our guide and get top tips for putting the changes into practice here: All change in Housing Law-Oct 15