I think we all know there is no such thing as a typical landlord - we all come from different backgrounds with differing aims and objectives, indeed many never intend to be landlords at all and just find themselves with an empty property for some reason.
However, we frequently see surveys that try to summarise the key attributes that define a landlord - if only it was so easy, we could send them all a letter asking them to join the PDPLA! The latest such survey has been commissioned by the Council of Mortgage Lenders (so not independent) and does not state how large the sample population was or how it was comprised. Whilst not ignoring this dubious authenticity, it does come up with a key finding that does ring true - most landlords see property rental as a part-time activity that supplements their income. (We do hope they did not pay too much to work this out - but anyway, for more information do read the full article from the CML below).
The Government has addressed the confusion over rules regarding Right to Rent checks on foreign students coming to start courses in the UK.
The RLA approached the Home Office asking for clarification on whether checks must be carried out twice – when agreeing the tenancy, potentially months in advance, and again 28 days or less before students were due to move in.
The Law Society has released a new practice note on electronic signatures with the aim of increasing confidence in the use of electronic signatures for commercial contracts.
This confirms the PDPLA position, presented by Alwin at our April 2016 members meeting, that members should look at this option as a means of reducing paperwork and saving time and money, it also confirms once again that the PDPLA are 'ahead of the curve' with new developments in the practice of letting. (Original April article here)
The question to the Information Commissioners Office raised jointly by the PDPLA and Portsmouth City Council, asking for clarification on the councils interpretation of the Housing Act - specifically whether the council is obliged to give names and addresses of landlords of licensed HMO's in Southsea to anyone who asks, has resulted in a ruling that what PCC are doing is correct and legal.
We fear that our question was not properly understood and plan to appeal.
Being a landlord is more complicated than most of us realise. The laws affecting us are changing all the time and even experienced landlords are omitting to carry out some mandatory requirements.
The PDPLA Landlords’ Checklist has been created to assist landlords, especially less experienced landlords, in managing a tenancy.
As our use of the internet continues to grow so too does our list of usernames and passwords for the various websites we build a relationship with. We also know that many of you have difficulty remembering your PDPLA login credentials – so we have written this article to help you with this problem.
In an ideal world passwords should be a non-dictionary long mixture of upper and lowercase alpha-numeric characters with symbol/s included - and not used on more than one site. Keeping track of these passwords (and even creating them) is an ongoing and increasing challenge for all web users. However, there are systems available that have been widely adopted, tested and found to be very secure and are available to all that can take much of the pain away.
Solutions do exist for this problem...
We commented previously on the proposal for a new student hall on the site of Chaucer House and the former Navigators pub. Full details of what is proposed are now available here.
Unite, who will own and manage the property, said:
We received the following update from John Saulet of Saulet Townshend Limited, Solicitors which includes a useful update on recovering abandoned premises.
We advertised a webinar being hosted by the Sheriffs Office about evicting problem tenants last month and this is the review we received from a member:
“Other people from the PDPLA may have attended the webinar on eviction. I have not got much out of it as I was unable to turn back to any slides either then or now. I would not be able to carry out an eviction procedure using the advice given though I might take the advice and use the sheriff officers to review the case, do all the work in court and what have you.. I think the speaker whizzed past critical details as part of a sales pitch and why not? The webinar was scheduled to be 1 hour but went on longer without me. It had a delightfully homespun approach to technology.
At our June members meeting Jane Hoskins and the team from Southern Water gave an enlightening talk on how sewer blockages occur and why they believe that in some cases they are legally able to reclaim costs from the landlord of the property.
Their talk was informative and logical, though many key elements were subsequently contested by a number of PDPLA members.
Some members may have seen the brief item at the bottom of the Streetwise column in The News on 16th June, thanking the PDPLA for our comments and signposting readers either to PCC Private Sector Housing Standards or the PDPLA. Whilst it was positive PR for us, it was still a small and somewhat reluctant correction to the original misleading comments.
Read our full response here:
According to the RLA, their campaigning to challenge proposed restrictions to mortgage interest relief is starting to make an impact in Westminster, with a surge of support from Tory backbenchers.
A number of Conservative MPs are now openly challenging the Government on the changes, which will see mortgage interest tax relief restricted to a basic rate, even for higher rate-paying landlords
From the RLA Landlord News Hub:
Rogue landlords can be banned from renting homes under new rules brought in by the Government’s Housing and Planning Bill.
New legislation also includes plans for the creation of database of criminal landlords and agents – as well as powers to impose civil penalties of up to £30,000.
The Government’s Housing and Planning Bill finally received Royal Assent last week after a prolonged period of Parliamentary ping pong. So what happens next?
RLA policy director David Smith has produced a new document updating landlords on changes relating to the Government’s Right to Rent checks following the introduction of the Immigration Act 2016.
Ahead of our July members meeting, where we plan to cover the basics of how to manage your paperwork as a landlord - from forms and records to taxes and expenses, Morris Crocker Chartered Accountants have issued a very useful guide to the tax implications of being a landlord - covering details such as 'when you become a landlord' for tax purposes all the way through to 'when you stop being a landlord' for tax purposes.
The PDPLA are very concerned that many landlords still do not understand how much more tax they will need to pay on let properties under new rules - see our new calculator - just enter 4 numbers: Your total letting income (rents received), your income from other sources, the amount you pay on mortgages and the other expenses you pay to maintain and keep your houses - the calculator will then tell you what tax you would have paid on this before last years changes and how much you will have to pay now. If you have not used it, please do so now - find it here: PDPLA Letting Tax Calculator
Copied from the Daily Telegraph Steven Swinford, DEPUTY POLITICAL EDITOR 13 May 2016 • 10:00pm
"Buy-to-let landlords should to be made to "squeal" under George Osborne's crackdown to help people to buy homes, a Treasury minister has suggested.
The Residential Landlords Association said it was "shocked" by the response of the minister, during a private meeting earlier this month as it tried to raise concerns about a crackdown.