Landlord Newsletter August 2021

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Latest news and updates from Safer Housing at Nottingham City Council

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Safer Housing in numbers

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We’ve pulled together some statistics for Safer Housing to give you an idea of the recent work carried out by the teams.

In July 2021, the Enforcement Team dealt with the below and carried out Enforcement Action including:

  • 122 Service Requests
  • 27 properties have been improved with hazards reduced/ removed
  • 1 property where Emergency Remedial Action taken
  • 2 properties served with Improvement Notices
  • 2 Environmental Protection Act 1990 s80 Notice

The team also sent out 3,080 Letters and Legal notices between January and July. Plus in June and July, once Covid restrictions were lifted, the team carried out 93 evidence collection visits. 

In July 2021, the Proactive Licensing Enforcement Team, who check that properties are licensed, looked at 135 properties, so far, 59 are not licensable and the other 76 are under investigation. The Selective Team also carried out 1,874 external visits.

Our Housing Licensing schemes, Selective, Mandatory and Additional received 287 new applications in July.

HMO team in July issued 162 final licences and the Selective team issued 474 final licences from previous applications. 

Student waste issues - thank you

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Thank you to all those landlords and agents who supported us and helped to clear waste from outside their properties and on front gardens.

We know this time of year can be extremely busy and stressful for student landlords, so thank you for all your great work.

There are still remaining issues with waste at properties in certain areas and we are contacting landlords directly to sort this.

We are also working with the University to see what more they can do to prevent this from happening each year. We would urge landlords to also include decant wastes terms in their Tenancy Agreements to try and stop this from happening and stop you being left with a clearing bill at the end. 

Safer Streets – burglary reduction

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We are working with Nottinghamshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner to tackle burglary in parts of Lenton, Hyson Green and the Arboretum - where burglary is a particular issue.

The work is being funded from a £432,000 grant from the Government’s Safer Streets Fund and will be used in a range of ways, including:

  • Free security upgrades such as new locks, alarms and CCTV at up to 500 homes
  • Free video doorbells to up to 375 student properties
  • Installation of CCTV camera in Bridlington Street Park which will be live-monitored at the City Council’s CCTV control room
  • A Burglary Reduction Officer post to liaise with burglary victims/neighbours to undertake risk assessments

Landlords and tenants of eligible properties will be contacted in the near future to look at what safety measures we can help with.

More details on the scheme here.

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Nottingham & District Landlord Forum

EMPO are hosting the Nottingham & District Landlord Forum on Wednesday 8 September from 1pm, in partnership with DASH Accreditation.

This in-person forum will be a great opportunity for landlords to get up to speed with the important housing legislation changes over the past 18 months.

The forum will provide an opportunity for new landlords to acquaint themselves with what their responsibilities are in providing decent & safe housing. Likewise, the forum will assist seasoned landlords in refreshing their knowledge as professional property managers.

Nottingham City Council’s Safer Housing Team will be joining other councils to update on housing licensing.

The event is being held at Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, but it will also be shown online. Find out more, including the agenda and how to book onto this free event HERE.

Days of Action

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Following the summer holidays, neighbourhood Days of Action will be starting up again.

These are where partners come together to tackle issues that mean the most to residents. 

There are three days happening in September and we will be out at each of them, carrying out inspections, compliance work and speaking to tenants.

We will be in Bulwell, Bulwell Forest and Bestwood, so if you own and rent out a property there, we may well be coming to your property.

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