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Caerphilly Private Landlord Forum - did you miss it?  Read our latest "Newsletter"
The Chairman Greg Rowlands opened the first meeting of 2017 which was held at Ty Penallta Council Offices on Tuesday 17th January.  Greg welcomed everyone and thanked landlords, agents and the evenings presenters for giving up their time to attend and support the Caerphilly Private Landlord Forum. He also welcomed Daniel Ballis from the RLA who was standing in for Douglas Haig.

 
 Our first speaker of the night was Gareth Williams who is the Collections Transformation Manager for Welsh Water.
.Gareth was joined by his colleague Charlotte.
Gareth commenced his presentation by explaining about the new duty on landlords to inform Welsh Water about their tenants.  So if you as a Landlord receives water and sewage services from Welsh Water you will need to provide information about your tenants to comply with the new legislation.  Landlords need to inform them of the property address, the tenancy start date and the name and date of birth of all adult residents within 21 days of the tenants moving in.  Landlords can provide this information on-line or alternatively you can register these details on a dedicated website www.landlordtap.co.uk
Gareth explained that this is a web portal developed by the water industry and it allows landlords to submit all of their tenancy changes via one system without the need of notifying different water companies.  The portal has been designed to issue notifications to the relevant water company for action and it will provide the landlord with a confirmation receipt for each notification as proof that they have made the notification within the required timescale.
Gareth told the forum that Welsh Water are currently offering landlords an "Amnesty" whereby they will not back date water bills for tenants even if they have lived at the property for a year neither will they bill Landlords for not complying.  They will only bill from the date they become aware of the tenancy via the Landlord!

Gareth concluded by explaining why the changes to the legislation were implemented, the cost savings and thanked everyone for listening.
Gareth's full presentation can be viewed on our website
www.caerphillyprivatelandlords.co.uk    Anyone wishing to contact welsh water can do so by Telephone: 0303 3130023 E Mail: water.enquiries@dwrcymru.com or contact Garreth direct G.J.Williams@dwrcymru.com                                       
Our Final speaker of the evening was Phill Tanner from
B & Q.
Caerphilly Private Landlord Forum have been working with B & Q to bring licensed landlords in Caerphilly an opportunity to obtain a Trade Point card with even bigger discounts for landlords.  Phill during his presentation explained the way B & Q currently operate their Trade Point service and the reasons for it.  He gave some examples on how landlords can save money by obtaining a Trade Point Landlord card.  
For example a pack of 2 First Alert Smoke Alarm would cost you £9.07 in store, By using a Trade Point card it would cost £7.57, by purchasing this item using your Trade Point Landlord card it would cost you £4.95!!
A 45.4% saving!
So what are you waiting for - email Donna Elliott elliod@caerphilly.gov.uk for your card now!  Provide your name, address Rent Smart Wales Registration number and the name of the Letting Agent who manages your Lettings on your behalf or if you manage your own lettings give Donna your Rent Smart Wales License Number. Donna will then forward on your details.  It is as simple as that!
To see Phill Tanner's presentation log onto www.caerphillyprivatelandlords.co.uk


 
   
 
DATE FOR YOUR DIARIES

Our next landlord forum will be held Monday 10th April 2017 at Ty Penallta Council Offices, Ystrad Mynach.  If Donna has your email address a reminder and an agenda will be sent out to you.  

Please note:
Access to Ty Penallta is limited after office working hours.  The doors will be open up to 17.55hrs.  If possible please come early for a prompt start at 18.00hrs.  I understand that this is sometimes difficult because of work commitments etc. and we do not wish to discourage any landlord/agent from attending so if you do intend joining us and need access to the building after 17.55hrs just drop me an email elliod@caerphilly.gov.uk so that we can open the doors for you.  Hope to see you all on the 17th January 2017. 

 

Our second speaker of the evening was Guy Browett from MAPPA (Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements) who was accompanied by Detective Sargeant Carl Williams.
MAPPA exist to provide a statutory framework to support and manage those that have been convicted of specific sexual and violent offences.  All of these offenders will resettle back into our communities and will receive extensive management from the National Probation Service, Police, Health Services, Substance Misuse Services, Social Services, Local Authorities, Registered Social Landlords etc.  A bespoke package is built to support each case and this will require at some point support with finding suitable housing.   The Caerphilly Borough Council Housing Team will assess whether a MAPPA eligible offender will have specific vulnerabilities which means they have a duty to support and find housing for that specific individual.  A change in legislation and distribution in housing provision has meant a need to access private sector housing far more than ever before.  In ascertaining a suitable accommodation placement a host of checks are undertaken by the National Probation Service and Police in order to ensure all information is known about an address which will accompany the vast amount of information known about the offender. Guy stated that they are looking to share the work of MAPPA agencies and how this framework would support landlords should they house MAPPA eligible individuals.  It will be the Caerphilly Borough Council Housing Team that would approach private landlords to seek your support in housing these specific areas.  The work of MAPPA, and specifically Gwent MAPPA is available through government websites.  Guy re-iterated that they are very keen to forge new relationships with the private sector and will do so in a transparent and up front manner.  If any Landlord is willing to give someone a second chance in life and would consider housing individuals via the MAPPA process then Guy would love to hear from you.
Email: Guy.Browett@probation.gsi.gov.uk or telephone him on - 02920 760000 or 01633 642455 Ext. 7104412 


 




 
The agenda for the evening had already been set and so a request received from Sian Wolf-Williams who is one of Caerphilly's Health Challenge Wales Coordinators to speak at the forum was unfortunately declined.  However, the Chairman was able to give Sian and her colleague the opportunity to briefly explain to everyone present about Caerphilly's "Syrian Resettlement Programme".  A hand out about the initiative was available and a copy has been uploaded onto the Caerphilly Private Landlord Forum website  www.caerphillyprivatelandlords.co.uk



 
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OVER TO YOU!!

The agenda for our next forum has been set.  The Chairman Greg Rowlands invites Landlords/Agents to make suggestions on what topics you would like us to cover in  future Forum's?  
  • What would you like to be updated on?
  • Is there any information you require?
Please let us know and we will make every effort to include your chosen topics.
Send your requests using the "Contact Us" page on our website www.caerphillyprivatelandlords.co.uk or email Donna Elliott elliod@caerphilly.gov.uk

 

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