Nottingham Landlord News June 2023

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Nottingham Tops UK private rented sector (PRS) EPC Compliance Stats


Nottingham takes the Lead in PRS EPC Stats and Smart Meter Installations in a remarkable display of progress. Nottingham is proudly leading the nation in Private Rented Sector (PRS) Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) statistics.

  • Recent data from April 2023 showcases excellent advancements in energy efficiency. 52.1% of PRS EPC lodgements achieved the A-C energy efficiency rating, with a notable 53.6% refresh rate for existing EPCs falling within the A-C range
  • An impressive 48.1% of refreshed PRS EPCs witnessed a whole band improvement, and 22.5% of properties moved up into the A-C range.
  • For first-time PRS EPCs, 46.6% successfully attained the A-C rating, reflecting a learning exercise and room for further improvement.
  • Although the total number of EPCs has decreased, landlords who do submit them are making significant progress

Nottingham has also excelled in the installation of smart meters, boasting a commendable 60% installation rate compared to peer cities. This achievement is particularly surprising, considering the initial exemption faced by Robin Hood Energy, which encountered challenges with meter installations. The high percentage of smart meters in the city surpasses both the national and peer city averages, indicating the effectiveness of awareness campaigns.

While we celebrate Nottingham's remarkable success, it remains crucial to support and encourage landlords in their compliance efforts. The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) team has been diligently working to improve properties. Key enforcement statistics include:

  • Investigating 1,800 properties where MEES applies and successfully improving 200 properties, ensuring they meet the minimum EPC standard of E or above.
  • part of their enforcement efforts, the MEES team has issued 94 Compliance Notices and 13 Financial Penalty Notices to non-compliant landlords, totaling £45,000.

Our aim is to provide provide landlords with comprehensive guidance, the MEES team is developing a website page that will go live within the next 4-6 weeks. This resource will offer information for both landlords and tenants, including a referral mechanism for tenants residing in properties with EPC ratings below E

As we continue to celebrate Nottingham's achievements, our focus remains on supporting landlords and ensuring a sustainable and energy-efficient future for all. Together, we can make a lasting impact in the housing sector.

Anti-Social Behaviour Guidance – revised and updated

ASB awareness week

Landlords and managers play a vital role in fostering safe and harmonious communities. The landlords must respond promptly and appropriately to complaints regarding the behaviour of tenants and their visitors. By taking proactive measures landlords can create an environment that promotes respect and consideration among residents

When faced with instances of anti-social behaviour, there are two primary approaches to consider, depending on the severity and nature of the situation. Firstly, issuing a direct warning to your tenants can often serve as an effective means of addressing the issue. Clear communication about expected standards of conduct, accompanied by an explanation of the consequences of breaching those standards, can go a long way in curbing undesirable outcomes.

In more complex cases, it may be necessary to seek assistance from the council and collaborate with their officers. By engaging with the council, we demonstrate our commitment to maintaining a peaceful and safe living environment for all

This proactive approach not only helps prevent issues from escalating but also fosters a sense of community and shared responsibility among residents

By working together, we can create thriving communities that provide a positive living experience for everyone.

Antisocial behaviour guide for landlords V9 June 2023.pdf

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Celebrating Linda Cobb's OBE for Services to Housing

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In a momentous announcement, our esteemed accreditation partners, DASH, are thrilled to share the news of Linda Cobb's outstanding achievement. Linda, the Principle Manager at DASH, has been honored with an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for her exceptional services to housing. This prestigious recognition not only highlights Linda's remarkable contributions to the housing sector in the Midlands but also her growing influence on a national scale as a trusted advisor to the government

Linda’s dedication, knowledge, expertise, and unwavering enthusiasm have been invaluable to the success of DASH accreditation. Under her leadership, DASH has evolved from a modest accreditation scheme operating in the East Midlands to a flourishing organization with over 2,100 members. Today, DASH's reach extends across England, welcoming participation from local authorities as well.

This incredible achievement fills us with immense pride, and we extend our heartfelt congratulations to Linda for this well-deserved honor. Her commitment and hard work have propelled DASH to new heights, positively impacting countless individuals in the housing sector.

To learn more about the exceptional services offered by DASH, including DASH Landlord Accreditation, we invite you to visit their website or contact them directly at 01332 640324.

If you would like to know more about DASH Services - DASH Landlord Accreditation follow the link or call them on 01332 640324

Let us join together in celebrating Linda's OBE and expressing our gratitude for her invaluable contributions to the field of housing.

Again, congratulations, Linda, and thank you for your unwavering dedication!

Additional HMO Licensing Consultation - A heartfelt thank you

Additional HMO licensing

The Safer Housing team would like to thank you all for taking the time to attend Additional Licensing Consultation events.  We appreciate your contributory comments throughout the process.

2nd Scheme of Selective Licensing - Update

The Council is still waiting for a decision from the Secretary of State about a second scheme of selective licensing. Once the Council receives a decision it will be widely shared. 

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