Book now For Landlords Forum on Tuesday 29 October 2019, make sure you follow Tenant Fees Act 2019 plus much more

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Book now for next Landlords Forum

The next Private Sector Landlords Forum will take place at the Town Hall on Tuesday 29 October from 6pm.

Topics for discussion will include:

  • Applications to have your Selective Licence varied
  • Tenant Fees Act
  • Update on the new licence designation 

Places are limited due to the size of the venue so please reserve your free place as soon as possible.

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Applications to have your Selective Licence varied

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It may be possible to have your current Selective Licence (PRPL) varied to receive the full term of five years. 

The Council has now been given cabinet approval for a new five year term which, if approved by the Secretary of State will commence on Wednesday 1 April 2020.  

If you would like your current licence varied to a five year licence from the original issue date.

The request will need to come from the licence holder and give the full address of the licensed property, any request to vary the licence will mean that you have agreed to the new licence conditions which will be provided on your new varied licence.

You will not be able to apply for a variation if your property falls within any of the categories below:

  • Your property is let to individuals and not a single family
  • Your property is in Endlebury Ward or Hatch Lane Ward
  • You were previously been given a shorter licence for a specific reason, such as lack of planning consent.

If the Council does receive confirmation of a new designation the fee for a new licence will be £700. There will be an early bird discount on offer for the first three months of the application going online.

The early bird fee will be £450. If you apply for a variation you will not receive any discount when you apply for a new licence.

The deadline for requesting a variation is Friday 29 November 2019, any requests received after this date will not be actioned.       

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Tenants Fees Act includes £30,000 maximum penalties

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On Thursday 5 September 2019, the Council adopted the new enforcement powers contained with the Tenant Fees Act 2019.

The Act prohibits landlords or letting agents from requiring tenants in the private rented sector in England to make certain payments in connection with a tenancy.

The Act applies to assured shorthold tenancies, student accommodation and licences to occupy housing.

A breach of the Tenant Fees Act 2019 will usually be a civil breach with a financial penalty of up to £5,000.

However, if a further breach is committed within five years of the imposition of a financial penalty or conviction for a previous breach, this will be a criminal offence resulting in an unlimited fine and a banning order offence under the Housing and Planning Act 2016. Alternatively, the Council may impose a financial penalty of up to £30,000 for each identified breach.

More in Tenant Fees Act 2019 presentation, Tuesday 16 July 2019

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