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Information for Landlords

Coronavirus: Landlords and Renters

The government has brought forward a package of measures to protect renters affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). With these in force, no renter in either social or private accommodation will be forced out of their home.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/government-support-available-for-landlords-and-renters-reflecting-the-current-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

  • From 26 March 2020 landlords will have to give all renters 3 months’ notice if they intend to seek possession. This means the landlord can’t apply to start the court process until after this period.
  • From 27 March 2020 the court service will suspend all ongoing housing possession action. This means that neither cases currently in the system nor any about to go in the system can progress to the stage where someone could be evicted.
  • Tenants are still liable for their rent and should pay this as usual. If they face financial hardship and struggle to pay this, support is available and we would encourage tenants and landlords to work together to put in place a rent payment scheme.
  • Landlords will also be protected by a 3 month mortgage payment holiday where they have a Buy to Let mortgages.
  • Landlords remain legally obligated to ensure properties meet the required standard – urgent, essential health and safety repairs should be made. An agreement for non-urgent repairs to be done later should be made between tenants and landlords. Local authorities are also encouraged to take a pragmatic, risk-based approach to enforcement.

East Staffordshire Borough Council offers the following services for landlords within the borough:

  • Landlord Support Package - to help landlords who are willing to accept particular tenants referred by the Housing Options team
  • Landlords Forum - an event held 2-3 times a year where you can tell us about the issues that concern you, hear from relevant and interesting speakers, and network with other local landlords and agents. This can also be a valuable source of background knowledge for all landlords so please feel free to attend

If you wish to discuss any aspect of being a landlord, please contact:

Landlord Relationship Manager

Telephone: 01283 508149

Email: landlordrelations@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk

Useful information for Landlords

Being a landlord brings significant responsibilities. The onus is on the landlord to research these responsibilities and to fulfil them.

In terms of the day to day work of landlords, the following are examples of the kind of responsibilities all landlords need to research to make sure that everything is in order when they rent out a property.

  1. How to Rent is a booklet that landlords are required to give their tenants.  If landlords don't give it out, there can be frustrating delays during repossession proceedings later on.
  2. How to Let is a Government booklet intended to help Landlords.  It is not compulsory to have it, but the advice it contains could be useful.
  3. The Right to Rent rules not being followed mean that any landlord could be at risk of prosecution for not checking that their tenants have the right to rent accommodation
  4. Data Protection Law imposes duties on landlords to protect tenants' data and to inform them about the data the landlord hold
  5. Deposits protection within 30 days of receipt is a legal requirement.  An unprotected deposit creates the potential for money penalties against landlords and delays to repossession proceedings.
  6. Responsibilities of Landlords are described in more detail by the Government on their web site

Examples of other information that could help landlords

  1. Lawful repossession means landlords must keep to a precise legal procedure when repossessing any property
  2. The Model Agreement is an example tenancy agreement available on the Government website for landlords who wish to use it
  3. The Council's website has other pieces of information that can help landlords better understand the issues to do with letting
  4. Landlord Accreditation Schemes - become accredited to demonstrate to prospective tenants that you adhere to a high standard of property standards and tenancy management