Welcome to our first Newsround of February the place we see what has been trending within the housing information this week.
Landlords, have your say on serving to the disabled rental sector
As a part of the all-party Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee MP’s are trying into how the personal rental sector could be improved for disabled renters.
They’ve issued the next statement
We’re involved in listening to your expertise of discovering or adapting appropriate accessible housing. We’re additionally involved in listening to your views of what extra could possibly be carried out to enhance housing provision for disabled folks. The responses to this survey will inform the Committee’s closing Report.
The survey is nameless and respondents are discouraged from sharing figuring out particulars.
The survey takes round eight minutes to finish and additionally, you will have the possibility to share your experiences in individual with the Committee at ‘engagement occasions’.
You possibly can full the survey here.
Name for brand spanking new Property Portal to point out accessibility per property
Along with MP’s trying into higher lodging for disabled renters a incapacity rights group are additionally pushing the federal government for the brand new property portal in embody accessibility data for disabled renter.
They need the portal to incorporate what number of properties canbe simply tailored at low price in addition to the provision of grants. Additionally they need landlords to finish a questionnaire relating to their property’s accessibility.
The group state that at the moment there isn’t a requirement for landlords to supply fundamental accessibility data and solely 6% of the Disabled Amenities Grant that canbe used to adapt properties goes to personal renters.
Laura Vincinanza from Inclusion London says
With rising rents, competitors between potential tenants attending mass viewings and bidding wars, there isn’t a incentive for landlords to supply fundamental details about the accessibility of their properties. We imagine the federal government’s proposal to introduce the property portal within the PRS represents an important alternative to embed accessibility.
Inspection, Inspection, Inspection!
Direct Line has carried out some analysis on the most typical breaches by tenants, these embody non cost of lease, unclean properties, and never reporting basic upkeep and restore points to their landlord, unauthorised pets, smoking, anti social behaviour, tampering with smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and sub letting to call however a couple of!
This simply emphasises why landlords want to hold out common inspections. 55% of landlords perform six month inspections whereas a staggering 21% solely perform inspections yearly, extra shockingly solely 10% of landlords solely go to their property at first of the tenancy.
Sarah Casey, Landlord Product Supervisor at Direct Line says
Early intervention can usually cease these from growing into an even bigger downside that requires landlords to take additional motion.
Direct Line have additionally researched that 72% of landlords should take care of belongings left by tenants after a tenancy has ended. 63% of landlords have needed to take away left garbage adopted by 56% of basic junk. 25% of landlords have needed to retailer belongings with 32% having to chase down ex-tenants to gather their belongings.
Sarah Casey of Direct Line says
Making certain that your tenancy settlement has a clause referring to the disposal of things left behind by tenants is a superb first step to making sure that everybody is on the identical web page.
The common price of clearing up after a tenant is £209, whereas some landlords have needed to could as a lot as £500. This could delay re-letting your property and 34% of landlords have confirmed this. Nonetheless, encouragingly 52% of landlords have been conscious of the proper process to comply with when left with a earlier tenants’ belongings.
Landlord fined for failing to supply paperwork to the Council
Landlords typically ignore correspondence and notices from their Council and should even declare that councils usually are not allowed to have data due to ‘knowledge safety’.
Nonetheless, this isn’t true, as a Coventry landlord discovered when he ignored a Requisition for Info Discover below part 16 of the Native Authorities (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 and a discover requiring him to provide paperwork below part 235 of the Housing Act 2004.
He was fined £770 for failing to answer these, together with a prices order.
So in case your Council asks for data – don’t ignore it!
Inspirational eco-village in Essex
Lastly, I noticed this article about Cannock Mill, an eco-village in Essex. It simply reveals what could be carried out.
It might be good to see extra of this form of factor. What do you assume?
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Newsround might be again subsequent week.