New Members for April 2016
Mrs P.Shearlaw & Grant Robe
Energy Performance Certificates (EPC’s)
It is estimated 2 out of 7 private rented homes may be unlettable in two years without action.
From 1st April 2018 a ban from letting properties in Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) bands F and G (IE 38 SAP & less) will apply. This does not affect existing tenancies until 1st April 2020. A civil penalty of up to £4000 could be imposed for breaches.
Private landlords are being encouraged to take action now.
• Check which properties currently have an EPC.
• Identify properties having an F or G rating.
• Use the recommendation report attached to the original EPC as your starting point.
53% of Nottingham homes failing to reach E rating the minimum letting standard from 1st April 2018 had old storage heaters. Nottingham Housing Associations have been have been fitting Dimplex Quantum electric heaters. The improved performance of Dimplex Quantum compared to conventional manual or automatic storage heaters could save up to £278.21 per year.
SAP data, published on behalf of DECC by the BRE, based on an average three-bedroom semi-detached home, this switch provides a 22% energy saving and 27% running cost saving – the latter equating to a saving of £278.21 per year at average peak/off-peak energy prices of 15.29p/kWh and 5.5p/kWh.
We want to make landlords ‘squeal’, says Treasury minister
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Messages from Nottingham City Council
As a result of recent legislative changes local authorities have the ability to issue Fixed Penalty Notices for fly-tipping offences. Accordingly, anyone found guilty of placing waste on the highway without lawful permission or reasonable excuse faces a potential penalty of between £150-£400. For Nottingham City Council the exact amount is yet to be set by the Portfolio Holder although it is likely to be £300, but in the absence of an amount being set, a default penalty of £200 is applied.
During the summer holiday period it is particularly apparent, in student housing areas, that domestic wheeled bins are found to contain unsuitable materials such as building and trade waste. These bins will not and cannot be emptied as a consequence. The city council will conduct necessary investigations in order to identify those responsible and deal with them appropriately where found guilty of waste regulation offences. It is therefore important that landlords ensure that wheeled bins are stored securely whilst properties are empty so as to avoid others using them.
In addition the bulky waste collection policy has now changed and is a free service only for residents who are registered to vote in the city and this requirement applies to a range of waste services offered by the city council. Landlords are still able to contact the council and arrange a bulky collection although a sliding scale of charges apply. Charges are dependent on the nature and number of items to be removed, please call the city council’s Contact Centre on 0115 915 2000 for further information and/or visit the council’s website for clarity of what can and cannot be taken and details of other ways in which to dispose of unwanted items.
Where wheeled bins are missing from a property it is possible for a landlord to request a replacement although a charge is applied for the delivery of the bin and this is applicable for both occupiers and landlords
Selective Licensing Nottingham
Nottingham City Council is considering a new scheme to improve privately rented housing in the City. The introduction of a citywide licensing scheme for all private rented accommodation to drive up standards and protect tenants across the city is a key objective in the current Council Plan for 2015-2019.
Once we have developed a proposed scheme, we will be consulting formally. At this stage we want to find out what issues are faced by private landlords and tenants, explore what impact a scheme could have on the City and investigate what the scheme could look like.
We are holding two focus groups for private landlords in the City. The dates and times for these groups are:
Monday 20th June 2016 - 12:30 – 2pm Thursday 30th June 2016 - 5:30-7pm
Both sessions will be held at Loxley House, Station Street, Nottingham, NG2 3NG
To express an interest in taking part, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Friday 10th June, indicating which of the dates you wish to attend. In your reply please can you also indicate what area(s) of the City your properties are in and approximately how many properties you have (1-3, 4-10, over 10). This is so that we can select participants with varying sizes of property portfolios in various areas of the City.
Please note, due to restrictions with the room, unfortunately we will not be able to accommodate anyone who turns up speculatively on the day.
New Housing and Planning Act now published
The new Housing and Planning Act, with its implications for agents and landlords, has now been published.
For those of us who completely lost track of all the amendments, including those which got through and those which didn’t, the link is here.
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