Landlord Training - Key Housing Standards - September 2020
Are you a Landlord? Would you describe yourself as…
Renting for decades, I’m good at it, but there are some worrying stories around.
I bought the place for my kids, but now that I’m renting it out I don’t know who I’m going to get.
I’m new to renting – there’s lots of courses around, but what do I look out for in real life?
I’m renting out my parent’s house – I need advice to keep me out of trouble while I learn.
If the answer’s yes, then this is for you. Renting will get even tougher in 2020. The council is revising its enforcement policies (one option - civil penalties – go up to £30,000) and is recruiting staff to deal with substandard accommodation. Tenants can reclaim a year’s rent under Rent Repayment Orders and lawyers are marketing quick and easy no-win, no-fee court claims under the new Fitness for Human Habitation Act – covering most tenancies from 21st March.
This is a practical, no nonsense course, designed to keep you out of trouble. The trainers are experienced and local, so know what you face. There's a wealth of photographs to help you identify possible problems, plus useful handouts with checklists and internet links so that you know exactly what the council expects and what you need to do before anyone can slap a notice, summons or civil penalty on you. Best of all – it’s free.
Landlord Trainig - Part 1 covers the essentials of key housing standards, including:
Housing Health & Safety Rating system (the basic yardstick for all housing), with a detailed look at the most commonly occurring and most important issues – what tips the balance?
Fitness for Human Habitation – last year’s new law that covers most tenancies from March. Can you head off trouble before it goes to court?
Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) – from April 2020, no low energy efficiency homes can be let out, but does the new Excess Cold Guidance impact on landlords’ choices?
Detector Regulations: What smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are needed, and where?
What new Fire regulations and other rules are coming in? Get ahead, before it gets costly.
Shared housing, rooms for rent (Houses in Multiple Occupation) – how big should it be, what facilities should be there, does it need licensing - and what does the Council expect to see?
The rules for managing Houses in Multiple Occupation – what repairs and works are vital?
Quick checklists: Identify issues and missing certification – save time, money and trouble.