Nottingham Landlord Newsletter October 2020

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COVID-19 updates – Tier 3 Very High Alert Level

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Nottingham and Nottinghamshire will move into Very High Alert Level (Tier 3) at 00:01 on Friday 30 October.

Tighter rules are needed because cases of the virus are increasing in the city and more people are being admitted to hospital. We are seeing cases of COVID-19 across all parts of the city and among all age groups.

We have to do more to keep each other safe – and we have to act now. Following these new rules will help to save lives.

National Restrictions set by Very High Tier 3

  • People must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless they are part of their household or support bubble. This includes private homes and indoors in hospitality venues, such as pubs.
  • People must not meet with people outside their household or support bubble in a private garden or in most outdoor public venues.
  • People can continue to see friends and family in groups of six or less that they don’t live with (or have formed a support bubble with) in certain outdoor public spaces, such as a park or public garden.
  • All pubs and bars must close unless they are serving substantial meals, such as a main lunchtime or evening meal. They can only serve alcohol as part of a meal. Pubs, bars and restaurants must still close between 10pm and 5am.
  • Wedding receptions will not be permitted, but people can get married with a maximum of 15 people at the ceremony (check with the venue for additional restrictions).
  • Avoid travelling outside the Very High alert area or entering a Very High alert level area, other than for work, education or for caring responsibilities, or to travel through as part of a longer journey.
  • Avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK.

To see the restrictions in community languages visit our Translations page.

Click here to see a poster that shows the Tier 3 restrictions

Local restrictions set by Council Leaders

  • All hospitality venues (cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs) can only remain open to offer substantial meals or must move to operate a delivery and takeaway service only. Alcohol can only be served with a substantial meal.
  • The use of shared smoking equipment (such as but not limited to shisha) in hospitality venues will be prohibited.
  • Betting shops, car boot sales and auction houses (with the exception of Livestock and agricultural equipment sales) must close.
  • Alcohol sales must be prohibited after 9pm where alcohol is purchased to consume off-premises, for example, shops. Alcohol can continue to be purchased in hospitality venues where accompanying a substantial meal, up until 10pm.
  • Indoor entertainment and tourism venues must close, except for ice-skating rinks, cinemas, concert halls, and theatres.
  • Hotels and other accommodation can stay open.
  • Outdoor entertainment and tourism venues can remain open, with the exception of their indoor attractions (such as animal attractions or landmarks).
  • Saunas and steam rooms must close.
  • Leisure and sporting facilities (such as leisure centres, gyms, fitness and dance studios, swimming pools and sports courts) can remain open.
  • It is strongly advised that indoor group exercise classes (including dance and fitness classes) should not take place.
  • Personal care settings such as tattoo parlours, tanning and nail salons, and piercing services must close. Hairdressers and barber salons can remain open but cannot perform services that are otherwise closed. It is advised that personal care services do not take place in private homes.
  • Public buildings such as town and parish halls, community centres and libraries can remain open to run activities such as childcare and support groups.
  • Public buildings should not host events for private hire, such as birthday parties or other social activities.

People who have symptoms of COVID-19 such as: high temperature, continuous cough or loss of taste or smell – must self-isolate immediately and book a test by calling 119.

More detail about the Tier 3 - ‘Very High’ Alert restrictions can be found on the Government website here.

Guidance on working safely in people’s homes has been published HERE.

Please note: this guidance is subject to local restrictions and it’s worth checking these documents regularly as changes are happening rapidly. 

How to contact us during COVID-19

There are currently no changes to the way we are working during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Safer Housing and Licensing Teams are still working from home.

We still have a legal obligation to licence properties, stop illegal evictions and work to make sure that standards are maintained in properties – the way we do some of these has just changed.  The way you contact us has also changed, find out the best way to get in touch here. 

More News

Landlord and Managing Agents Liaison Groups

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The first Landlords Liaison Group meeting has now taken place.

The aim was to bring together landlords to help us improve our services and to understand how we can work together to improve the private rented sector.

The first meeting was held over Teams and was a success and we had some great feedback and suggestions from landlords.

You can see the agenda, minutes and actions from the meeting under the October section on this link.

The next Managing Agents meeting is being held on 10 November 2020.

£500 offer from Warm Homes Hub

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Could you be eligible for 1st time central heating for just £500?

Landlords can now apply for the Warm Homes Offer and get 1st time gas central heating and/or insulation measures at a heavily discounted price, with just a £500 contribution towards the work.

You are eligible if –

  • your property is heated by portable space heaters such as:  solid fuel fire, electric storage heater, electric panel heaters, gas room heaters or a gas fire

You can apply for the scheme, get further details and talk to the time on the website.

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