Letting Agents -Property Redress Scheme

IMPORTANT INFORMATION CONCERNING LETTING AGENTS – PROPERTY REDRESS SCHEME

From the 1st October all Letting Agents must be members of a Property Redress Scheme which gives landlords and tenants a cost free method of taking action against an Agent if they are dissatisfied with their services.

Landlords should be given proof of membership of one of the three Government approved schemes before offering or continuing to use your services in line with the Code of Conduct for all schemes.

What happens to an agent who hasn’t joined a scheme by October 1st 2014?

The local authority wherever they are based has the power to enforce and issue a mandatory £5000 fine. If an agent persists on not paying then the local authorities can continue to fine them before seeking an injunction to close the agent down.

Please note that this legislation applies to formal Letting Agents, informal Letting Agents, those who source properties or sub-let properties to tenants through services such as Rent to Rent schemes or similar.

As a member of MLAS you MUST comply with our Code of Conduct which can be downloaded here or by visiting the LANDLORD RESOURCES page.

PLEASE NOTE THE TWO CLAUSES BELOW:

  • 6.1.11 I will comply with the laws relating to residential property letting including deposit protection legislation, licensing requirements under Housing Acts, Planning and necessary certifications relating to health and safety issues.
  • 6.1.8 I will acknowledge promptly all written communications received from the tenant or MLAS; and will appropriately to telephone or other verbal messages. I will be respectful to the tenant/complainant or members of MLAS in all these communications.

Please note that this legislation applies to formal Letting Agents, informal Letting Agents, those who source properties or sub-let properties to tenants through services such as Rent to Rent schemes or similar.

If you are offering any of the above services, in order to continue to be a member of MLAS you need to provide us with details of your membership of a Redress Scheme no later than close of business on Friday 31st October 2014 which is a clear month after you were required to join a scheme by law.

Any Letting Agent that fails to provide this evidence by the date above will be suspended from MLAS from 1st November and may not claim membership as part of their marketing information or as access to any scheme, discount or organisation for which membership of MLAS is required.

A copy of this email is being sent to all MLAS partners to ensure that they check the MLAS website to ensure that an Agent has not been suspended from membership before offering them access to their services/discounts/scheme.

If you are a landlord member of MLAS you must now ensure that you do not engage the services of a Letting Agent who is not a member of a Redress Scheme because you will be exposing yourself and your tenants to potential problems for which no free redress will be available. If MLAS receives a valid complaint that a member has done this it will result in suspension of your membership and possible complete loss.

Please send your updated information through to:

Midland Landlord Accreditation Scheme (MLAS)
Highfield House Business Centre,
1562-1564 Stratford Road,
Birmingham B28 9HA
Tel:            0121 288 2008
Email:       talk@mlas.org.uk

Immigration Act 2014 and Free West Midlands Landlords Conference

WMBUSConferenceFREE WEST MIDLANDS PRIVATE LANDLORD CONFERENCE
13 NOVEMBER 2014 @ WALSALL FOOTBALL STADIUM 

There are some major changes coming that will affect landlords in Birmingham, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton from 1 December 2014 concerning “right to rent” checks for new tenancy agreements to determine whether residents have the right to live in the UK legally.

Local authorities and associations from across the West Midlands are holding a FREE West Midlands Landlord Conference on 13 November 2014 at Walsall Football Stadium, where there will be a series of keynote speakers and briefing sessions covering the latest news that landlords need to know.

The event will be introduced by Stephen Gabriel, Sandwell MBC, WMBUS Private Sector Sub Group.

Keynote Speakers include:

  • Lee Farrington, DCGL – ‘Expanding the Private Rented Sector’
  • Eddy Montgomery, Home Office – ‘Right to Rent – Immigration Enforcement’
  • David Cox, ARLA – ‘ The Private Rental Market’
  • Christine Graham, Consultant and Trainer – ‘Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014’
  • Bob Mayho, CIEH  – ‘CIEH Update’

There will also be a series of workshops which landlords can attend:

  • Dealing with Legal Changes – Mary Latham (NLA)
  • Illegal Money Lending – Christopher Connor (England Illegal Money Lending Team)
  • Buy to Let Mortgages – Jason Wilde & Moray Hulme (Paragon Mortgages)
  • Managing Rent – Ollie Wright, Liz Mooney & Malcolm Keyte (Sandwell MBC, Six Towns Credit Union)
  • Tax Efficiency – KPMG (To be confirmed)
  • Fire Risk Assessment – Gary Callaghan (Procompetent Fire Safety Solutions)

At the end of the day, there will be an open panel for questions and discussion.

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW!

To register your interest for this FREE Conference contact Androulla Moore

Tel: 01922 650927

Email: mooreAndroulla@walsall.gov.uk



NEWS: IMMIGRATION ACT 2014 –  WEST MIDLANDS TO BE FIRST LANDLORD ‘RIGHT TO RENT’ CHECK AREA

Security Minister James Brokenshire today announced the new measures in the Immigration Act would be launched in Birmingham, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton as part of a phased introduction across the country.

The new law will mean private landlords will have to check the right of prospective tenants to be in the country if they want to avoid potentially being fined up to £3,000.

Immigration and Security Minister James Brokenshire said: “We are building an immigration system that is fair to British citizens and legitimate migrants and tough on those who abuse the system or flout the law.

The right to rent checks are quick and simple, but will make it more difficult for immigration offenders to stay in the country when they have no right to be here.

They will also act as a new line of attack against unscrupulous landlords who exploit people by renting out substandard, overcrowded and unsafe accommodation. 

Landlords in the West Midlands will have all the advice and support they need in advance of the checks going live on 1 December.”

Landlords will need to see evidence of a person’s identity and citizenship, for example a passport or biometric residence permit. Many responsible landlords already do this as a matter of routine, and most legal renters will have the correct documentation ready to hand. In most cases landlords will be able carry out these simple checks without need to contact the Home Office.

Copies of the documentation will need to be taken as evidence the checks have been carried out and retained for one year after the tenancy ends. Children under 18 will not need to be checked. More information about how to carry out a right to rent check is available online at www.Gov.uk including eligibility for a free online Home Office checking service to confirm whether someone has a right to rent. A helpline (0300 069 9799) is also available.

Following an evaluation of the implementation in the West Midlands next spring, the Home Office expects to continue with the phased introduction of checks across the UK next year.

The Immigration Act 2014, which became law earlier this year, is a landmark piece of legislation which builds on the government’s ongoing reforms to make sure the immigration system works in the national interest. The Act is focused on stopping illegal migrants using public services to which they are not entitled, reducing the pull factors which encourage people to come to the UK for the wrong reasons, and making it easier for the Home Office to remove people who should not be here.

 

South Warwickshire Landlord Forum

LandlordsForum300SOUTH WARWICKSHIRE LANDLORD FORUM

Wednesday 12 November 2014, 2pm – 5pm

Stratford Race Course, Luddington Road, Stratford-Upon-Avon, CV37 9SE

The forum includes:

  • Building Regulations Updates – Mike Bick (Warwick DC Building Control)
  • ECO Funding for Energy Efficiency Measure – Richard Hopkins & Adrian Newton (Sustain)
  • The Importance of Inventories – Ian Langley (My Deposits)
  • Legal Updates – Mary Latham (NLA)

Exhibitors include:

  • Sustain
  • NLA
  • My Deposits
  • Stratford on Avon DC Private Sector Housing / Empty Homes
  • Warwick DC Private Sector Housing
  • Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service

REGISTER YOUR PLACE NOW! Contact:
Alison Powers
Housing Standards Officer, Stratford on Avon District Council
Tel:       01789 260121
Email:   alison.powers@stratford-dc.gov.uk

 

CPD 2014

MLAS CPD WORKSHOPS FOR 2014

*****NEW****

Immigration Act 2014 – Important Information for Landlords

The Midland Landlord Accreditation Scheme will be running a series of CPD Workshops open to MLAS members and non-Members in October and November 2014 in advance of the 1st December implementation dates. Workshops are now available below for booking.

MONDAY 27 OCTOBER 2014

SPECIAL WORKSHOP: Immigration Act 2014 – Important Information for Landlords (worth 5 CPD points)
VENUE: Birmingham City University, Lounge North Conference Room, Union Building, Franchise Street, Perry Barr, Birmingham B42 2SU.
TIME: 14:00 – 17:00

THURSDAY 6 NOVEMBER 2014

SPECIAL WORKSHOP: Immigration Act 2014 – Important Information for Landlords (worth 5 CPD points)
VENUE:  Birmingham City University, Lounge North Conference Room, Union Building, Franchise Street, Perry Barr, Birmingham B42 2SU.
TIME:  13:00 – 16:00

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MONDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2014

WORKSHOP: Changes to Tenancy Deposit Legislation (worth 5 CPD points)
VENUE: Highfield House Business Centre, Hall Green, Birmingham. B28 9HA.
TIME: 13:00-16:00
Parking: Parking is not available onsite

CLICK HERE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON BOOKING ON TO OUR WORKSHOPS!

Workshops

MLAS ACCREDITATION DAY SEMINARS 2014

WEDNESDAY 5TH NOVEMBER 2014      
University of Birmingham
Pritchatts Park Reception, Rear of 9a, Pritchatts Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham West Midlands B15 2QX.
Registration 09:30. Seminar starts: 10:00. Seminar finishes : 18:00

WEDNESDAY 3RD DECEMBER 2014   
Highfield House Business Centre
1562-1564 Stratford Road, Hall Green, Birmingham B28 9HA
Registration 09:30. Seminar starts: 10:00. Seminar finishes : 18:00

>>>>BOOK HERE!

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