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
The Letting Agents Right of Redress Scheme comes into effect on 1
October 2014, by which time letting agents will have had to register
with 1 of 3 redress schemes, to ensure tenants and leaseholders have a
straightforward option to hold their agents to account. Anyone who feels
they get a poor deal from their letting agent will then be able to take
their complaint to the redress scheme, and could receive compensation.
The schemes are run by The Property Ombudsman, Ombudsman Services
Property and the Property Redress Scheme.
Further information can be found at:
A guide to redress schemes can be found on the RLA site which Sadla members can consult.
Teri Olley and Janice Parker presented “an outline of the capital gains tax system, and how it affects landlords”, exploring the following areas:
A general introduction to capital gains tax, when it falls due, and how it is reported, Recent law changes, Which expenses can be offset against a capital gain, Further allowances and reliefs available, Tips to achieve the best result, Scenarios and examples
To down load the presentation please click on the following:
RITA CGT presentation
Michelle Slater details the cases in the following email:
You may be aware that we were successful in all of our prosecutions last
week and I’m happy for you to circulate this to your membership;
Tues 5 August was an Illegal eviction and harassment case; Naveed
Hussain was found guilty and the case was adjourned until 28 August for
Thurs 7 August we had two cases;
1) A HMO on Granville Road, for failure to licence and HMO Management
Regs breaches got two guilty verdicts for Mr Ghulam Ijaz and his letting
agent UK legal
· UK legal fined £2,120
· Ijaz fined £1,000 plus costs
Total fines and costs £4,293
2) Mrs Shamim Ali (Whitney Street) was found guilty of harassment and
given a 12 months conditional discharge and to pay costs of £993. (Mrs
Ali also uses UK Legal as an agent)
We also have two cases against Castle Estates that have been adjourned
in order for us to present them together in September/October.
LANDLORDS PROSECUTED BY SHEFFIELD COUNCIL:
The update on Selective licensing has been published.
General public update report July 2014
The Council are disappointed that there have only been 4 applications for the voluntary scheme so far. A voluntary scheme was suggested by landlords
as an alternative to Selective Licensing so are hopeful that landlords would show their support of it
Now that Selective Licensing processes are up and running, they are starting to work in the Voluntary area
They are also keeping a close eye on neighbouring areas such as Darnall, Tinsley, Wincobank and Grimesthorpe to assess whether
they are experiencing similar issues in the private rented sector.
Alasdair Walker of Hunter Aitkenhead Ltd explained the challenges and options of “Getting Out of Being a Landlord”. We have posted a copy of his presentation for those who missed his presentation or would like to be reminded of the content.
SADLA presentation by Alasdair Walker of Hunter Aitkenhead Ltd (pdf format)
George Lee presented a short talk on the “Power of Attorney”
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