Landlord Forum success

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Virtual Landlord Forum is a success

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The first virtual Private Landlords' Forum took place on Thursday 16 July 2020 and proved a big success.

Presentations included:

  • Update on the licensing scheme
  • Help for landlords during COVID-19 pandemic
  • How to gain possession of your property if you need to evict tenants.

After each presentation landlords were able to ask questions and get answers to their concerns.

See the presentations

No date has been set for the next Landlords' Forum but will be published on the website when agreed.

New rules on electrical safety go live

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New national rules on electrical safety came into force on Monday 1 June 2020.

The regulations apply to any new tenancies from Wednesday 1 July 2020 and existing tenancies from Thursday 1 April 2021.

The new regulations require landlords to have the electrical installations in their properties inspected and tested by a person who is qualified and competent, at least every five years.

Landlords have to provide a copy of the electrical safety report to their tenants, and to their local authority if requested.

The Council can also serve a remedial notice to require the landlord to take remedial action, should a landlord not comply, the Council can take the necessary remedial action at a cost to the landlord.

Penalties of up to £30,000 can be imposed  by the Council on landlords failing to follow the new rules.

See the new rules

If you have any questions about what this means please contact us.

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Make sure you get your early bird discount

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The Council’s Selective Licensing scheme started on Friday 1 May 2020.

Most rented properties in the borough now need to be licensed to be legally rented out.

Get details of the scheme


Early Bird Special

We are aware of the difficult time tenants and landlords are facing due to COVID-19 so we have extended the Early Bird discounts until the end of October.

The Council will discount licence applications by £250 if made by Saturday 31 October 2020

The discount applies to Selective and Additional Licences. The fee is payable in two parts.

There is no discount on applications for a mandatory HMO licence and these should be made without delay.

Email for more information

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