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Alternative to Selective Licensing

The alternative to the Selective licensing scheme
proposed last year included a new Telford & Wrekin
LANDLORD ACCREDITATION SCHEME.
We will be supporting this initiative.

The petition has been submitted!

A huge thank-you for all our members and their campaigning to get the petition ready for submission with over 1245 signatures. We presented at the Telford and Wrekin full council meeting. There can only be 3 public questions at a full council meeting and the WLA were able to get 2 into the docket - One from David Lovegrove who asked the question “It is easy to spend someone else’s money.

SELECTIVE LICENSING:

Thank you for taking time to support our campaign against the introduction of Selective Licensing in the Telford and Wrekin Area.

English Housing Survey is in

The 2015-2016 results are in from the English Housing Survey and as analysed by Landlord News tenants are more satisfied in the Private Rented Sector than with Social Landlords. See the full report here which includes the quote from Residential Landlords Association (RLA) Chairman Alan Ward “With only a very small minority of tenancies ended by a landlord or because of increased rent, it is time that those who suggest that landlords spend their time looking for ways to evict tenants or make profits at their expense replaced fear mongering with facts.”

Reverse Tax Relief Restriction Petition

It is vitally important that you add your name to the link below for the
petition to reverse the planned tax relief restriction on ‘individual’
landlords. Also pass it on to all your friends and associates.

Petition Link

Universal Credit Awareness Session

As we advise you Universal Credit was introduced from June 1st in the Telford and Wrekin Area for NEW single tenants only at present and gradually being rolled out to include families and so on up to and including 2020.

We now have some fuller information from the awareness sessions held in May where representatives of the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) delivered a presentation about Universal Credit.

Landlord Links Newsletter

Please find attached the latest Landlord Newsletter from our Benefits Service. The Newsletter includes important information on Universal Credit which will replace Housing Benefit for some tenants from the 1st June 2015.

Government Private Landlords Report

It might be advisable to have a scan through this report as it is relevant to us all.
It comes over quite favourable for the GOOD Private landlords but I feel falls a little thin when it comes to tackling the BAD Landlords.
Never the less I hope it is line with what we all aspire to be and that is GOOD Landlords.
It is interesting to note that at last the Government are ready to accept that we are an important sector of the ‘Housing Solutions’ and that 89% of tenants are pleased with their accommodation, it’s a step in the right direction.

Accreditation with the Telford and Wrekin Council

The Wrekin landlords Association have re-negotiated with the Telford and Wrekin District Council to allow fully paid up members to apply under special agreement for membership of the new LANDLORD ACCREDITATION SCHEME operated through Telford Homefinder. .The special agreement means that fully paid up members can apply, up to June 12th 2015 at a discounted price of £30, a very good deal indeed.

Benefits to WLA accredited members:

Court fees increased April 22nd

 

The County Court fees will be going up from 22 April.  The increases are quite large – a standard eviction will go up from £175 to £280 and the PCOL (possession claims online service used for rent arrears evictions) will go up from £100 to £250. There will also be increases in the money claims fees and various other fees, in fact, the only fees which are not going up (so far as eviction proceedings are concerned) are the bailiffs fees, because enforcement costs are going to be subject to a separate review.  

 

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