An update on Universal Credit by the DWP.
The universal credit will be introduced in Sheffield from November 2018, and will bring six benefits under one organisation:
- Housing Benefit
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- Income Support
Jenifer Marsden from DWP explained the implications to Landlords and the alternative payments available.
Universal credit will provide the following benefits:
- one benefit, one place to claim
- one benefit that steps with you in and out of work simple rates for limited capability
- admin under DWP
- claim online
- Claimants see all their info
- change circumstances online
- is based on everyone in the household
Michelle Houston (Sheffield City Council) gave an update on both National issues and Local issues.
Her presentation can be found here SADLA update 7 June 2018.
Some key points of her presentation are:
Key changes in the Housing and planning Act 2016, including the introduction of Civil Penalties and Banning orders, the introduction of a Rogue Landlords register (for local authorities only), Rent repayment orders.
HMO’s will include dwellings of 5 bedrooms or more on any number of floors. This is likely to add 600-1000 extra licenses to the Sheffield HMO’s.
‘Fit for Human Habitation’ private members bill, allowing tenants to take their landlords to court were landlords fail on category 1 hazards.
The General Data Protection Regulations does effect Landlords!
Stephani Rudd gave a presentation about the new legal frame work of GDPR coming into effect in May 2018. Here presentation can be found here. Presentation GDPR Self Assessment SADLA
Carrie Kus from the RLA spoke on Fire Safety with regard to the regulations concerning non HMO properties.
The council also gave an update on the new selective licensing along the Abbeydale corridor and answered questions on Fire safety.
A Report has been produced which is seeking approval to begin a 13 week consultation programme on a proposed Selective Licensing Scheme in London Road, Abbeydale Road and Chesterfield Road. More information can be found on the council website
Presentation by Dean Castledine of Shorts regarding the recent changes to tax effecting Landlords. Taxation of rental properties presentation
Michelle Houston (Sheffield City Council) gave an update on Selective Licensing and the new HMO regulations Presentation
Presentation was given by the Chief Executive, RLA – how to make better use of the RLA and what they have on offer
John Greaves (Sadla memeber) gave a report on the situation in Page Hall
George Lee (sadla secretary and treasurer) gave a brief review of new HIMO regulations
HFIS (Hamilton Fraser Insurance) gave a short resume of the landlord property insurance package that they are offering to Sadla members
AICO (Fire and Carbon Monoxide Detection and Fire Protection Specialists) gave a talk concerning the recent legislation changes regarding CO detection and Smoke alarms in properties. The presentation can be found here.Power Point Presentation from Aico Alarms
“Property Defects and Human Health Problems”…. presentation by Pat Gallagher and John Housden , ISSE (Institute of Specialist Surveyors and Engineers) This was an interesting presentation about air quality in properties and importance of reduction of condensation. They were demonstrating heat recover fans from Kair Products. Kair Products Hand out
George Lee gave an update of the changes in Electrical Regulations from July 2015 and a brief outline of SADLA and charity donations.
Michelle Slator (Sheffield City Council) gave an update on licensing in Sheffield. For those of you who missed her presentation, her power point slides can be accessed using the following link: SADLA March 2015