WEST MIDLANDS LANDLORDS AND LETTING AGENTS CONFERENCE 2016
This year’s West Midlands Landlords and Lettings Conference will be taking place on Friday 7 October 2016 at Banks’s Stadium Walsall – and you can now book your place! This all day event is FREE to attend and includes complimentary beverages, lunch and parking.
This years’s keynote speakers are:
- Jane Everton CBE – Deputy Director, Better Rented & Leasehold Department For Communities & Local Government
- Richard Lambert – Chief Executive of National Landlords Association (NLA)
- Simon Misiewicz – Director Optimise Accountants and popular speaker on property taxation
The seminars iclude:
- Sue Elkington – Refurbexpert.com – Advising how to get the most out of your investment when developing property for rent
- Mary Latham – West Midlands Regional Representative for National Landlords Association (NLA) – giving an update on new and coming legislation affecting landlords & letting agents
- Representative of the Department for Works & Pensions
- Oliver Wright – Sandwell MBC – discussing Welfare Reform and how it affects landlords and their tenants
This year everyone will have the opportunity to attend all of the seminars rather than having to decide which to attend. You will be allocated a place on each one when you book and you will be given your personal time table when you arrive on the day. There are several exhibitors who are offering goods and services which are of interest to landlords and no two exhibitors are offering the same goods or service.
There will be a variety of choices at lunch including vegan and vegetarian options which do not need to be ordered in advance.
MLAS accredited landlords and letting agents can claim 5 CPD points for attending this event.
There is plenty of free parking at the stadium. There is also a good train link from New Street Station, Birmingham to Bescot Station which is opposite the Conference Halls.
The postcode for your satnav is WS1 4SA. This will bring you into the main gate at Banks’s Football Stadium, Bescot Crescent, Walsall, West Midlands and you will be directed to the free car park. There is wheelchair access and if you need this please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We were told that this was the biggest one day landlords and letting event in the UK last year and this year it will be bigger because we have made more places available. There is no sales agenda, the purpose of the conference is to bring you up-to-date on what is happening in the property letting business, give you an opportunity to ask your questions, offer an overview on the future and give you a unique opportunity to network with hundreds of other local property investors.
PRIVATE RENTED SECTOR TENANT’S ENERGY EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENTS PROVISIONS
The Department of Energy and Climate Change has issued guidance for landlords and tenants of domestic property on Part Two of the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015.
The document below provides guidance for domestic tenants, landlords and others with an interest in the domestic private rented sector on the effect of Part Two of The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015, the tenants’ energy efficiency improvements provisions for domestic tenants. It outlines, for tenants and landlords, their rights and responsibilities under the provisions. Separate guidance will be published in due course covering Part Three of the Regulations (the Minimum level of Energy Efficiency Provisions), including separate guidance for landlords in the domestic and non- domestic sectors.
The Regulations fulfill a duty on the Secretary of State in the Energy Act 2011 to introduce regulations to improve the energy efficiency of buildings in the domestic and non-domestic private rented sector in England and Wales.
The Regulations and related order were approved by Parliament and made on 26 March 2015.
Where a domestic property is tenanted, consent will normally be required from the landlord of the property before work to improve the property’s energy efficiency can be carried out. The Regulations provide a stand-alone statutory scheme in order to obtain any required consent in the case of a domestic private rented sector property. Chapter 2 looks at relevant issues under landlord and tenant law as this affects the carrying out of energy efficiency improvements to private rented residential properties.
RIGHT TO RENT GOES LIVE ACROSS ENGLAND
From 1 February 2016, Right to Rent goes live across England. This means all private landlords, including anyone subletting or taking in lodgers, need to carry out quick and simple checks on all new tenants to make sure they have the right to rent property in the country.
The roll out of Right to Rent has been informed by input from a panel of experts from trade bodies, local authorities, housing charities and the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and backed up by stakeholder events with landlords and agents.
Landlords need to check identity documents for all new tenants and take copies. A wide range of documents can be used for the checks, and the Government has worked closely with housing and homelessness charities to design a document list which can accommodate different individual circumstances. This includes where people do not have traditional identity documents such as a passport.
There are resources available to help landlords comply with the new rules, including an online checking tool which landlords can use to guide them through the process and to request a check on anyone who has an outstanding case with the Home Office.
For more information about making the checks go to www.gov.uk/righttorentchecks
The Home Office has produced a Summary Guidance for Landlords document which can be downloaded HERE.