Council introduces Selective Licensing and Voluntary Registration to an area in PageHall

The Council have presented two reports to the cabinet on 15th January detailing two schemes they will be introducing to the Page Hall Area:

The voluntary registration scheme area includes around 520 private rented properties. Landlords will be asked to register with the Council. They will be provided with property and management standards and asked to assess their properties and tenancy management against these standards.

The Selective Licensing scheme would apply to a defined geographical area of Page Hall, the area would include around 350 private rented properties. A Selective Licensing scheme basically gives
the Council more teeth to tackle the irresponsible management of private rental properties, which is contributing to the issues in Page Hall. The scheme would include support for landlords and tenants.
The overall aims of the proposal are to:

Improve the standard of private rented housing.  Increases in standards will result directly from enforcement action taken on specific properties, and landlords proactively improving their properties and tenancy management tocomply with the new scheme

Break the cycle of low demand, which sees house prices fall as the area is considered less desirable, established residents selling-up (or dealing with the stress of falling / negative equity), more houses being let irresponsibly, making the area less desirable, and so the cycle repeats

More details can be found at https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/in-your-area/housing-services/private-sector-housing/selective-licensing.html

Sheffield rogue landlord jailed for fraud

Sheffield council have taken a Sheffield Landlord to court, Michelle Slater from Sheffield council gave details of their work in the following email:

“I would like to draw your attention to another prosecution case.

We took court action against Mr Das last year which resulted in a suspended
prison sentence.  We then took out another case which meant he was in
breach of his suspended sentence.

Our case was adjourned twice, and in the meantime he was taken to court for
benefits fraud.

Our offences were heard yesterday and we also received a custodial
sentence.  This is the second landlord we have sent to prison.

There is a link below and we are expecting further press for the housing
offences.  Please do share this with your colleagues.

Kind regards
Michelle”
www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/sheffield-rogue-landlord-jailed-for-fraud-1-6251241

Members Meeting 25th September 2013

Presentation by Energysave / Ideal Boilers
They explained what the ECO Scheme is all about including who qualifies for a free boiler and what to expect in terms of quality and warranty.

Presentation by Atkinson Hodgson solicitors – “Sex, drugs and rock n roll”
An entertaining presentation about  anti social behaviour and the responsibility of the landlord.

Sheffield City Council
Paul Rotherham has stepped in at the last minute to present Michelle Slaters presentation on SNUG standards and also gave
an up date on selective licensing.

E petition on Artlicle 4 Directives

 The HMO Article 4 Direction came into effect on 11th December 2011 (Sheffield).  It has already been introduced in other cities across the country and its implementation is spreading fast.  The effect of the Direction is that a planning application is required to be made to the local authority for the change of use of a building from a dwelling house (Planning Use Class C3) to a small HMO (Planning Use Class C4).  In other words, this particular change of use of a building is no longer permitted development.

The purpose of the Direction is to give the Council more control over the location of shared houses and flats.

The consequences will be disastrous!  No longer can a landlord or developer let a new property to 3 or more unrelated people e.g. students without planning permission.  Property prices will fall as a consequence of the local authority’s refusal of planning.  Empty properties which are refused planning will remain empty for longer.  The economy will slow down further as landlords and developers have already stopped buying.  HMO’s are key homes to students and those on low income.        

Please click the link below and fill in your details to e-sign the petition for rallying for abolishing the rules on HMO’s
 
 
The petition needs 100,000 signatures in the next 12 months in order for the case to be reviewed in parliament.
Please also send it to anyone you know and ask them to take a minute to add their signature.

News from SCC concerning Council Tax Benefit

 Council Tax Benefit is changing. From April 2013 it will be replaced by Council Tax Support and each Council in the country is required to develop its own scheme for Council Tax Support. Council’s are also required to publish a draft scheme and to consult on the draft scheme. The following link takes you to Sheffield Council’s consultation documents www.Sheffield.gov.uk/lcts 

SCC’s consultation period runs until 17 September 2012 and, as they are really keen to obtain as much feedback as possible on the draft scheme, they would appreciate it if you could take some time out to read the documents and complete the survey.

Members Meeting 23rd February 2012

John Squires (Revenue and Benefits Laiason Manager of Sheffield City Council) gave a presentation on Welfare Reform and the new universal Credits. His presentation is provided here.

Welfare Reform and Universal Credit presentation to Sadla 23/02/2012

Octopus Investments gave a presentation on EIS (Entrerprise Investment Schemes) These scemes offers good tax planning planning opportunities to property investors by providing the following:

30% income tax relief (on investments up to £1 million per tax year)
Capital Gains Tax deferral
100% inheritance tax relief (provided funds remain invested at the time of death)
Up to 50% loss relief on any holding that falls in value
Tax-free growth

More can be found at http://www.octopusinvestments.com/products/eis.html

 

Members Meeting 3rd May 2012

Chris Heeley Development Manager South of Sheffield City Planning Department gave a presentation on the Article 4 direction with Houses of Multiple Occupation. He gave a background to the Article 4 direction with respect to conversion of a Dwelling House (C3) to HMO (C4). He showed the boundaries on a map developed using information about shared housing. He explained the Core Strategy Policy CS41, where an application for a change of use would be tested for the concentration of shared housing of less than 20% within 200m of the application site.

We have attached the presentation slides here.

Presentation to SADLA 030512 by Chris Heeley

Chris Heeley also gave a short presentation on rules and regulations concerning To Let boards

To Let Boards

Changes to EPC regulations

This information came through from Dennis Tester of the Sheffield City Council;

Just to let you know an update to EPC regulations that came into effect on the 6th April which you may, or may not, be aware of:
 
PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE ENERGY PERFORMANCE OF BUILDINGS (CERTIFICATES AND INSPECTIONS) (ENGLAND AND WALES) REGULATIONS 2007 (THE EPB REGULATIONS)
 
The following summary details the main changes that will be made in relation to EPCs.
 
2. Commissioning an EPC before marketing
A number of changes will be made to regulation 5A of the EPB Regulations. In general, the onus remains on the ‘relevant person’ (i.e. the seller or landlord) to commission an EPC before marketing. The main changes are as follows:
the duty to commission an EPC before marketing will be extended to the sale and rent of residential and non-residential buildings;
the current 28 day period within which an EPC is to be secured using ‘reasonable efforts’ will be reduced to 7 days;
if after that 7 day period the EPC has not been secured the relevant person will have a further 21 days in which to do so.
 
3. Power to Require the Production of Documents
Trading Standards Officers (TSOs) currently have the power to require the ’relevant person’ (i.e. the seller or landlord) to produce copies of the EPC for inspection and to take copies if necessary. The power to require the production of documents will be extended to include persons acting on behalf of the seller or landlord – e.g. estate agents and letting agents. This means, for example, that TSOs will be authorised to require estate agents to produce evidence showing that an EPC has been commissioned where they are marketing a building without one.
 
4 Clarifying when an EPC is required
This technical amendment to Regulation 5 is intended to remove the erroneous belief that the provision of the EPC can be delayed until shortly before the parties enter into a contract for sale or rent. This will be achieved by deleting the words “before entering into a contract to sell or rent the building or, if sooner” in Regulation 5(2)(b) of the EPB Regulations.
 
5. Consequential changes
A number of consequential changes will be made to enable TSOs to enforce the new duties.
 
I believe this means that Letting Agents will also now be responsible to provide EPC’s when advertising a rented property, and if they don’t within the time period, they can be fined. Trading Standards Officers are still the ones who monitor and prosecute where necessary.
 
Thanks
 Dennis
Dennis Tester