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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Service updates for the public and businesses. Welcome back to the town centres from 15 June.

Coronavirus information and advice

Coronavirus update

In order to protect the health of tenants, landlords, council and letting agent staff we are making some changes to the service we provide.

Following Government advice regarding social distancing in relation to COVID-19, we will not be carrying out any inspections or site visits unless there is an emergency situation.

An emergency would include matters such as fire and flooding issues which may impact on habitability of a dwelling, or matters which may pose an imminent threat to health and also investigation of illegal eviction requests.

Coronavirus FAQs for private sector housing

The team will continue to work with landlords and tenants and can be contacted:

Eviction procedure during Coronavirus outbreak

All landlords and tenants are advised to read the following guidance from the Government regarding eviction and safety issues. The suspension of eviction proceedings in the courts has been extended to 23rd August.

This means that following the expiry of a section 21 you will be unable to gain legal possession until the court resumes hearings after 23rd August.

Further information about the private sector can be found on this page.

The Private Sector Housing team deals with the following

The Home Environment Assessment and Response Team (HEART) can assist you with

 

Private Sector Housing News

Landlords Newsletter May 2020 - If you would like to receive notification of events and our newsletter you can join our email list by sending your contact details to privatesectorhousing@warwickdc.gov.uk

Right to Rent Checks Post Brexit - The Government has issued guidance that landlords should continue to do right to rent checks in the same way until at least 1st January 2021. If you use an Agent to tenant find, you should ensure they are doing the correct checks on your behalf.

Tenant fees banned - It is now unlawful for letting agents and landlords to charge certain application fees to tenants in connection to renting a new property. These banned fees include administration charges, referencing fees, inventory fees, guarantor fees and charges for professional services like cleaning and gardening. For information on the payments that can be taken, see our tenant page or the shelter website. If an agent has tried to charge you one of these fees for contracts signed after 1/6/19 please report this to Trading Standards.

Two Year HMO Licences - Warwick District Council is introducing flexibility in the HMO licensing cycles to enable HMO licenses to be granted for a shorter period at a higher cost for landlords causing concern.

Private Sector Housing Team

The team comprises of:

  • Mark Lingard - Team Manager
  • Paul Hughes - Senior Environmental Health Officer
  • Ian Jackson - Senior Housing Standards Officer
  • Rebecca Frazer - Student Housing Enforcement Officer
  • Sarah Churchill - Environmental Health Officer
  • Balwant Rai - Landlord Liaison Officer
  • Amie Widdows - Housing Standards Officer
  • Baljinder Gill - Housing Standards Officer
  • Jackie Rutter - Private Sector Housing Assistant

Working with us

We are committed to providing a great service that is fair and transparent. Our service standards tell you what you can expect when you work with us. For more information on how we use and store the data you give us, please refer to www.warwickdc.gov.uk/privacynotices

Contact us

Email privatesectorhousing@warwickdc.gov.uk or telephone (01926) 456 358