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Caerphilly Private Landlord Forum - did you miss it?  Read our latest "Newsletter"
The Chairman Greg Rowlands opened the meeting which was held at Ty Penallta Council Offices, Ystrad Mynach on Monday the 26th June 2017.  Firstly apologies were offered for an amendment to the evenings Agenda - Sian Wolf Williams who was scheduled to talk about the "Syrian Resettlement Programme" was unable to attend.  Greg  then continued by welcoming everyone and thanked landlords, Parkmans Letting Agents and the evenings presenters for giving up their time to attend and support the Caerphilly Private Landlord Forum. Greg also welcomed Vince Botham from the National Landlord Association and Dorine Pannarale from the Residential Landlords Association.  

Greg then went on to pay special thanks to Kenyon Williams, CCBC Private Sector Housing Manager who is due to retire at the end of the month.  Kenyon's support, guidance and encouragement throughout the 10 years since the forum's inception has been invaluable and greatly appreciated.  Landlords best wishes to Kenyon was applauded by all who attended.

 

 

MANDY BETTS - TENANT AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT MANAGER WITH CCBC was our first speaker of the evening.

Mandy commenced her presentation by explaining what is meant by the term "lease" and outlined which leaseholders  are currently being affected in the Borough of Caerphilly and why?
Caerphilly are currently renovating all of their social housing stock as part of the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS).  This is the standard the Assembly Government expects all social housing to meet by 2020.  This will affect anyone who purchased former council flats as part of the "Right to Buy" scheme or on the open market.  So if you are a Landlord who owns a flat which was previously owned by the Council this may affect you?
If you are already a leaseholder you are responsible for the interior of the property and the council are responsible for the exterior of the building plus communal areas.  The Council also has the responsibility for carrying out the maintenance work and the leaseholder is re-charged a proportion of the cost of the works to the whole block not just their flat.  As well as the "Annual Service Charge" the leaseholder will have an obligation to pay "Major Works Bills".  Charges made under "Major Works" could potentially be higher at this time due to the work ongoing as part of the WHQS programme.  Average bills are coming in at between £4,000 and £6,000.  There are however, a number of payment options available to leaseholders.

To see Many's full presentation log onto our landlord website - www.caerphillyprivatelandlords.co.uk

If any Landlord is considering purchasing a leasehold flat they should:
1.  Ensure that their Solicitor submits a Landlord Questionnaire.
2.  You agree prior to purchasing any outstanding service charges.
3.  Check the amount of time left on the lease.
 
DATE FOR YOUR DIARIES

Our next landlord forum will be held on Monday 9th October 2017 at Ty Penallta Council Offices, Ystrad Mynach at 6.00pm.  This will be the forum's 10th Anniversary and promises to be a bit special!  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 9th October! 

 

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JOCELLE LOVELL FROM WALES CO-OPERATIVE CENTRE was our second speaker of the evening.  Jocelle who has presented at many of our forum's in the past was joined by Sophie Coghlan who is the Project Officer with Citizens Advice Bureau. 
Jo briefly outlined Phase One of "Your Money Your Home" project which was delivered between January 2015 and February 2017 in Anglesey, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly and Newport. 475 tenants were contacted, 211 questionnaires were completed.  Tenants were asked if they knew that their benefits were changing, how they thought they would manage with receiving monthly benefits and how would they pay their rent (cash, direct debit etc) and generally what their concerns were.  The findings were noted and lessons learned going forward into Phase Two.  Phase Two is funded by The Money Advice Service "What Works" funding and will be delivered from March 2017 until April 2018.  A team of five Project Officers will be working across Caerphilly, Blaneau Gwent, Cardiff and Merthyr and are targeted to work with 338 tenants to assist with improving their financial capacity, sustain tenancies. help prepare for Universal Credit and identify support needs and make referrals to appropriate services if necessary.
The process so far in Caerphilly has seen the housing benefit team send out letters to 360 claimants who are currently on safeguarding requesting that they attend a review meeting.  Appointment letters will be sent out - followed by phone calls and texts to ensure tenants do attend the venue being used for their review meeting.  Landlords were asked to liaise with their tenants who are currently on the safeguarding arrangement with housing benefit to ensure they know that they need to attend a review meeting.
To see Jo's full presentation and to find out what venues are being used for tenants review meeting log onto www.caerphillyprivatelandlords.co.uk



 




 
KEARNS SOLICITORS

DANIELLE LEWIS-JAMES - SOLICITOR WITH KEARNS SOLICITORS BASED IN CAERPHILLY.  

Danielle was our last speaker of the evening on "How to get it Right - Brief Guide to ending an Assured Shorthold Tenancy"
Danielle gave a very informative presentation which began by explaining that Kearns Solicitors is the trading name for Kearns Legal Services Ltd.  They provide specialist advice to Landlords regarding all aspects of Housing Law from pre-tenancy to recovery of your property to everything in between!  Danielle proceeded to tell landlords what they deliver to them in real terms (fixed fee court attendance, meeting specific client needs etc) and gave examples of their practice areas which include - pre-tenancy advice, rental repossessions, notices to quit and so much more.  Danielle brushed through the initial considerations a landlord should adhere to once a tenant has been identified and highlighted that the law changes all the time and the landlord has an obligation to make sure they are up to date with any changes.
The second part of the presentation went through the processes of ending "An Assured Shorthold Tenancy" and how to get it right?  
Danielle recommended that it is in the Landlord's best interest to talk to their tenant to resolve any disputes prior to instigating court proceedings.  If the dispute cannot be resolved amicably the landlord should ensure he is compliant with the Deposit Protection requirements.  They then have to decide on which process to eviction process they wish to persue and examples were given.  Finally Danielle concluded by telling landlords what they should not do to end a tenancy!
To read Danielle's full presentation (which is well worth a read)!  log onto 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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