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Telford & Wrekin Council’s Landlord Accreditation Scheme

Telford & Wrekin Council’s Landlord Accreditation Scheme
This scheme aims to improve standards in the private rented sector. As a landlord you will benefit from:

Meeting with the Council July 10th 7.00 p.m.

We have worked long and tirelessly to re-engage with the local authority and after the fight we had during 2017 we thought that we would never regain the working relationship that we once had, which was hailed as a beacon of example of co-operation between Council and Private Sector working in harmony, at one time. It certainly made life easier for us both at that time. However, things disintegrated and culminated in the Selective Licensing debacle which was a very low point for us all.

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.

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