The team at East Hants District Council (EHDC) are looking for landlords to provide accommodation. The support they provide is much more extensive than larger local authorities appear willing to provide – including protection against rent arrears for the whole duration of the tenancy, rather than just the 1st 6 or 12 months as is the case in Portsmouth.
East Hants is an odd shaped patch from Liss across to Bordon and extending up in the direction of Guildford. As such, much of the area is on the Guildford LHA rate which is about 30% more than Portsmouth so will be appealing to landlords looking to invest in new developments in Liss, for example, where 2 bed properties are most needed according to EHDC.
The offer should also be appealing to landlords with existing property available within the PDPLA area as the EHDC can place potential tenants up to 30 miles away
The RLA have launched their 2017 manifesto in response to the snap election.
It sets out coherent proposals to improve the private rented sector for both landlords and tenants and they are calling on the political parties to support the growing private rented sector as it works to meet unprecedented demand.
The RLA’s 6 Achievable Priorities For Making Renting Better
1. Boost the supply of new homes by bringing unused land and empty properties into use for private rental homes, coupled with positive taxation policies that promote growth.
2. Establish a new specialist housing court to deliver quick and cost effective justice to help landlords and tenants to enforce their rights.
3. A fairer approach to welfare reform for landlords and tenants, giving tenants claiming Universal Credit the choice of having rent paid direct to their landlord, and speeding up the claim process.
4. Effective enforcement against criminal landlords through guaranteed long-term funding for local authorities, backed by a system of co-regulation for the majority of law-abiding landlords.
5. Support landlords to improve energy efficiency in private rental homes for the benefit of tenants and the environment.
6. Create a new deposit trust for tenants enabling them to transfer deposits seamlessly between tenancies.
PDPLA Chairman, Martin Silman was briefly interviewed on the BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast programme in a discussion on inflation earlier this month. In preparation, he surveyed senior members of the PDPLA and came to some surprising conclusions.
Yes, inflationary pressures from cost increases will have a significant impact on future rent increases but there are 3 other factors which may have a more significant impact on future rent levels:
1. Letting Agent Inflation
2. Battery Farming of Students
3. Recent Tax Changes
The UK population is now just over 65 million, having grown by over 500,000 in just one year – 2014. The number of households in the UK is now 27.1 million, an increase of a shade over 7 per cent since 2006, about the same as the increase in the population level in that same period.
The most recent projections say the UK population will reach 77 million by 2050, though this does not account for whatever the impact of Brexit might be.
But you have to dig down into the actual demographics to assess the real impact on housing demand / supply on specific segments of population in the future.
A new feature this month - a useful tip for landlords from one of our members.
This month the tip comes from Martyn Winfield, a previous chair of the PDPLA, who was recently called out at 10.30pm on a Saturday night to a blocked shower. He suggests cleaning the waste trap on showers and baths at least quarterly - especially in HMO's with ladies with long hair. Following on from his recommendation, other members recommend a bottle of 'drain gel' - most supermarkets have a product especially for clearing hair from bath and sink wastes and a similar one for kitchen wastes - they cost £2-£4 a bottle and used once a year, they can be very effective. The other approach is not to let hair get into the waste in the 1st place with products such as a 'drain wig' - but these depend on tenants using them and keeping them clean.
If you have a tip for fellow members, do let us know via email to PDPLA.
And apologies for the picture on the right - it has nothing to do with this months tip but hopefully, it will have encouraged you to read this item to find out who has their post delivered direct to their toilet.
A tenant of one of our members is doing some market research amongst landlords as part of a new product development project at a security products manufacturer. She said, "We are collecting feedback from landlords for a manufacturer who is potentially developing a product or service that allows landlords to keep their properties safe and in good shape. Responses to this survey will be used as part of this market research only and will be kept strictly confidential within the business."
The survey is quite short and there is a £100 prize draw - so we do recommend you take it, more details here....
Not a game of football, but the outcome after 5 planning decisions where appealed.
To be fair to the planning dept., their officers recommended each of the applications were approved but the planning committee, after hearing objectons from NIMBY residents, decided to ignore the advice of the professionals and to go ahead and reject the applications. In each case, the applicant appealed and on review of the specific case, the inspector upheld the appeal and granted the application.
The Havant Landlord Group keeps its members up to date with the latest trends, rules and regulations affecting property landlords in and around Havant Borough Councils patch.
Last week it was a 'Trends' evening as the group met at the Wheelwright's Arms in Havant to hear about Serviced accommodation or SA as its fashionably known.
27th January saw PDPLA’s best ever presence at the University of Portsmouth student housing fayre held in the Student Union, with 8 landlords represented.
The PDPLA “team” amounted to no less than 14 people, the majority wearing our distinctive “no agency fees” shirts.
We are also now the largest stand at the event, placed strategically at the entrance to the bar/restaurant area - if you let to students, this is the place to go to get their attention.
The PDPLA has been supporting the Joint Council For The Welfare of Immigrants in their bid to highlight some of the problems the 'Right To Rent' legislation has created.
Their research showed that a British 'black minority ethnic' person without a passport was ignored or turned down by 58% of landlords. Whilst we cannot condone this, it is understandable while there is such a shortage of accomodation available - as a landlord, when faced with 3 or 4 potential tenants, one of whom does not have a British Passport - do you consider them equally, or simply decide to save time and money by avoiding the need for 'Right to Rent' checks and associated delays and simply consider the other candidates? Especially if you risk a criminal record or even imprisonment if you make a mistake and house an illegal immigrant.
The full text of JCWI's release here....
Back in October we reported our success in convincing PCC to stop selling the register of HMO landlords addresses to anyone who asked - full details here.
A number of members have queried whether PCC have reneged on this agreement as the members concerned have continued to receive 'cold call' letters from potentially rogue letting agents. As below, PCC have confirmed that they have not sold our adresses to anyone since the change was agreed.
Over the past few years, many local councils including Portsmouth and Havant have run schemes where local homeowners, tenants and landlords could get cavity wall insulation installed at no charge. This was primarily funded by the ‘eco’ charge on household utility bills with top up or seed funding (often as little as £50 per property) paid by the local authority.
It sounds too good to be true – a pot of money, freely available to improve the quality of our houses.
Well, in many cases, it was....
We never expected a headline like this in our newsletter! But a new TV show is looking for properties that need extreme cleaning - so whilst we are all proud of the condition in which our houses are handed over to tenants, if you have one that is no longer that pristine, tenanted or not, help may be at hand.
Read on for more details....
At our January members meeting our Vice Chairman Alwin Oliver regaled members with his experience using electronic signatures - he talked of massively reduced printing costs, zero postage, major time savings, improved audit trails and same day responses on guarantor paperwork.
The Homelessness Reduction Bill has passed its final stage in the Commons and will now head to the House of Lords.
The bill passed through both the report stage and third reading in the Commons last Friday, with cross-party support, government backing and a little help from Portsmouth and District Private Landlords Association.