‘Right to rent’ and Free West Midlands Landlord Conference

HOLD THE DATE! FREE WEST MIDLANDS PRIVATE LANDLORD CONFERENCE – 13 NOVEMBER 2014 @ WALSALL FOOTBALL STADIUM 

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There are some major changes coming that will affect landlords in Birmingham, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton from 1 December 2014 concerning “right to rent” checks for new tenancy agreements to determine whether residents have the right to live in the UK legally.

Local authorities and associations from across the West Midlands are holding a FREE West Midlands Landlord Conference on the 13 November 2014 at Walsall Football Stadium, where there will be a series of keynote speakers and briefing sessions covering the latest news that landlords need to know.

To register your interest for this FREE Conference contact Androulla Moore:

Tel: 01922 650927

Email: mooreAndroulla@walsall.gov.uk

 



NEWS: IMMIGRATION ACT 2014 –  WEST MIDLANDS TO BE FIRST LANDLORD ‘RIGHT TO RENT’ CHECK AREA

Security Minister James Brokenshire today announced the new measures in the Immigration Act would be launched in Birmingham, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton as part of a phased introduction across the country.

The new law will mean private landlords will have to check the right of prospective tenants to be in the country if they want to avoid potentially being fined up to £3,000.

Immigration and Security Minister James Brokenshire said: “We are building an immigration system that is fair to British citizens and legitimate migrants and tough on those who abuse the system or flout the law.

“The right to rent checks are quick and simple, but will make it more difficult for immigration offenders to stay in the country when they have no right to be here.

“They will also act as a new line of attack against unscrupulous landlords who exploit people by renting out substandard, overcrowded and unsafe accommodation.

“Landlords in the West Midlands will have all the advice and support they need in advance of the checks going live on 1 December.”

Landlords will need to see evidence of a person’s identity and citizenship, for example a passport or biometric residence permit. Many responsible landlords already do this as a matter of routine, and most legal renters will have the correct documentation ready to hand. In most cases landlords will be able carry out these simple checks without need to contact the Home Office.

Copies of the documentation will need to be taken as evidence the checks have been carried out and retained for one year after the tenancy ends. Children under 18 will not need to be checked. More information about how to carry out a right to rent check is available online at www.Gov.uk including eligibility for a free online Home Office checking service to confirm whether someone has a right to rent. A helpline (0300 069 9799) is also available.

Following an evaluation of the implementation in the West Midlands next spring, the Home Office expects to continue with the phased introduction of checks across the UK next year.

The Immigration Act 2014, which became law earlier this year, is a landmark piece of legislation which builds on the government’s ongoing reforms to make sure the immigration system works in the national interest. The Act is focused on stopping illegal migrants using public services to which they are not entitled, reducing the pull factors which encourage people to come to the UK for the wrong reasons, and making it easier for the Home Office to remove people who should not be here.



MIDLAND LANDLORD ACCREDITATION SCHEME (MLAS ) CPD WORKSHOPS: ‘RIGHT TO RENT’: IMMIGRATION ACT 2014

The Midland Landlord Accreditation Scheme will be running a series of CPD Workshops open to MLAS members and non-Members in October and November 2014 in advance of the 1st December implementation dates. Dates will be released shortly.

To find out more visit: www.mlas.org.uk

Gas Safety Week 15-21 September 2014

GAS SAFETY WEEK 15-21 September 2014

Gas-Safety-Week-14-web-banner-728x90The fourth annual Gas Safety Week will see the whole industry coming together to bring gas safety to the forefront of people’s minds. Dangerous gas work can kill, so it is vital that gas appliances are safety checked at least once a year. If left unchecked, poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. In the last year alone, 343 people were injured and 10 people died as a result of gas related incidents.

People can sign up to a free reminder service at www.StayGasSafe.co.uk, and use the interactive gas map to see how many unsafe gas appliances are lurking in an area.

Follow these simple checks to stay gas safe:

  • Always use a Gas Safe registered engineer when having gas work carried out in your home. You can find a registered engineer in your area by calling Gas Safe Register on 0800 408 5500 or visit www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk
  • Get your gas appliances safety checked at least once a year and serviced in line with the manufacturer’s instructions. This includes your gas boiler, gas cooker and gas fire. Sign up at www.staygassafe.co.uk for a free reminder service.
  • Check the front and back of your engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card, making sure they are qualified to do the specific type of gas work you require.
  • Install an audible carbon monoxide alarm which will alert you if dangerous levels are present in your home.
  • Check for warning signs your appliances aren’t working correctly, such as lazy yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.

For more information or to find Gas Safe registered engineer visit www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.

Follow Gas Safe Register on Twitter @GasSafeRegister and find us on Facebook.

Download the Gas Safety Week 2014 leaflet.


Ten people died from gas related incidents in the UK last year and 343 non-fatalities were reported (Source: HSE RIDGAS statistics 2012/13 (provisional))


Gas Safe Register is the government approved registration scheme for gas engineers in UK, Isle of Man and Guernsey. The register of over 122,000 gas engineers aims to protect the UK’s 23 million gas consumers from dangerous gas work. It is a legal requirement for any gas engineering business or self employed gas engineer carrying out domestic and commercial gas work to be registered, and comply with the Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 1998.

Gas Safe Register assesses the competence of engineers on the register by inspecting a sample of the gas work they carry out to make sure they are safe to work on gas.  Gas Safe Register is focused on gas safety and campaigns to raise awareness of gas safety risks, including those associated with using illegal gas workers.

Gas Safe Register deals with all aspects of the downstream gas industry covered by the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. It covers both piped natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

Gas Safe Register replaced the CORGI gas registration scheme in Great Britain and Isle of Man on 1 April 2009 and in Northern Ireland and Guernsey on 1 April 2010.

Read This First

Read This First! Homestamp’s Comprehensive Guide to Renting Property!

***UPDATE 2014***

If you are looking to rent property from a private landlord – don’t forget to use Read This First.

Homestamp’s  comprehensive guide to renting property includes advice on on both landlord and tenants rights, private renting in general, housing benefit, tenancy deposit schemes, crime and fire safety advice, plus much much more.

Read This First 2014 has been updated to include the latest information – especially on welfare and benefits changes, finance and illegal money lending advice.

Also available to download is the Read This First 2014 ‘Important Checklists’. This way you can keep a record of properties you have looked at and use the checklist in helping you reach a decision!!!

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