Landlords attend selective licensing seminar with homes4u
Being a landlord these days is not easy. With regularly changing legislation it can be difficult to follow it all. There are currently 160 laws creating more than 400 rules and regulations relating to letting a property, so it is no wonder it is a struggle for some landlords to keep up! Over the last twelve months there have been several updates affecting our industry including a right to rent update and changes in HMO legislation.
Why did we put on the seminar?
There could soon be no fewer than eight separate Selective Licensing areas in Manchester and Salford. Schemes are currently in place in Crumpsall, Broughton, Barton and Eccles, Langworthy, Weaste and Seedley, while we are awaiting the outcome of consultations into schemes in Rusholme and Moss Side, Old Moat, Moston and Charlestown and Lower Kersal.
After being advised that it is highly likely these schemes will go ahead, we took the decision to organise a free seminar for our landlords in order to provide a comprehensive update and help buy-to-let landlords to prepare for the possible minefield to come.
Who attended the event?
For the event we invited Sarah Hughes, the Principal Officer for Landlord Licensing and Accreditation at Salford City Council to our Fallowfield office to lead the seminar. Our own Andrew Harrison, the Head of Property Management and Keir Dawson, Portfolios Manager were also on hand to talk through the changes that are soon to be implemented and the 52 ways that homes4u can help. The response to invites for the event was fantastic and we had a full house on the night.
Sarah started us off and led the seminar with the key points on the latest licensing scheme in Salford and its benefits. Sarah talked about the current areas in Salford covered by selective licensing which are covered until 3rd March 2018.
Since the launch of the Salford scheme, 571 licenses have been issued, over 600 written warnings have been sent out and 10 landlords have been prosecuted for 17 separate offences fines from £300 to £5000. The schemes are designed to crack down on rogue landlords thus improving community confidence and the desirability of the area for residents.
Andrew touched on how to be best prepared for when the schemes go live and how homes4u can help. We have a dedicated and knowledgeable compliance team that can assist in filling out all of the additional required paperwork and know exactly what is required in the latest private rented sector property standards. They will also carry out all of the necessary initial and periodical property checks at no added cost to our management fee.
What was the reaction?
Many of the landlords who came on the night were extremely complimentary of the evening and even stayed behind at the end to offer their thanks. Andrew Harrison commented on the evening, “It was a really enjoyable evening and always great to meet people as passionate about property as I am. Being at the heart of the private rented sector in Manchester we are always looking at how we can help our landlords keep up to date on fundamental changes that will affect them. I believe it was an eye opener for many private landlords as to how they must modify their approach to being a landlord. However landlords are practical people by nature, and with our help and advice, they will adapt with the times.
It was also very uplifting to see so many managed landlords come to the event and to be able to reassure them as their management agents that we are well prepared for any changes. Forever the front runners, it came as no surprise to see selective licensing being consulted on in places such as Fallowfield and Rusholme and possibly looking to a wider expansion in the near future. With this in mind we have perfected our management package to 52 key service requirements. By carrying out the 52 points day in and day out we meet every standard required to manage a licenced property, both selective and mandatory licenced. Every landlord receives these 52 key service requirements for no extra charge to our management agreement and with it they also receive peace of mind.”
Carolyn Mellor, Owner and Managing Director of homes4u, added “We always welcome the opportunity to prove our commitment to offering all of our clients friendly, honest and professional advice. Working alongside our local councils allows us to keep up to date with the decisions that affect our community and in turn keep our clients informed.”
If you missed the event and would like to know more about selective licensing in your area and how we can help you, give us a call or visit us at one of our South Manchester or city centre offices.
We know that its important to our customers to know you are being looked after by property professionals and so our rentals and property management teams undertake National Federation of Property People Qualifications along with attending regular training to stay up to date with changes to legislation.
If you have a property to let or coming available, get in touch at one of our branches in the City Centre, Withington, Fallowfield or Altrincham for a no obligation appraisal.