In order to protect the health of tenants, landlords, council and letting agent staff we have made some changes to the service we provide.
Whilst Warwickshire remains in National Lockdown, the Team will only be able to provide inspections where there is a serious hazard or imminent risk to health. Where we can, we will try to continue to resolve issues without the need to visit. We will ask to see photos and video evidence of the disrepair.
Where a property inspection is required we request your assistance and cooperation, to ensure that everyone remains safe. You may be asked to wait outside your property whilst the inspection is completed. You will need to open all of the windows of your property before the officers arrive and respect social distancing. The officers may be wearing masks during the inspection.
Public Health England advice on Covid 19 in shared houses
Public Health England have released a letter for the landlords and tenants in houses of multiple occupation. The letter details how tenants can stay safe, what to do if a tenant has coronavirus and actions the landlord should take.
Eviction Process during Coronavirus outbreak
** Evictions have been frozen again in England until 31st March 2021**
There are limited exemptions for the most serious cases involving anti-social behavior and arrears of 6 months or more.
Landlords considering serving a new notice are required to give tenants six months notice, if they are following the Section 21 process. We advise landlords who are unsure of the new possession process to contact their professional landlord/agent body or seek legal advice.
Rent arrears advice during Coronavirus outbreak
The Coronavirus outbreak has caused significant financial challenges to tenants and landlords, and may have impacted their ability to maintain rent or pay their mortgage. Where payments can be met, they should continue to be paid as normal, but we understand this won't be possible for everyone. If you have fallen into arrears, it is important to seek advice immediately. This guide to rent arrears may help landlords and tenants to discuss rent arrears, understand the options available and make a suitable arrangement for both parties.
Private Sector Housing News
HMO Licensing & Planning Consultation
This consultation ended in January and we have some initial results for you prior to the full report being released in March 2021. Visit the consultation page for more information.
Green Homes Grant Launch
In September 2020, the Government is launching the Green Homes Grant which will provide home energy improvement grants of up to £5,000 per household with a higher contribution for low income households. The grants will be made towards the cost of insulation e.g. solid wall, cavity wall, underfloor, loft or roof insulation and low carbon heating, such as heat pumps or solar thermal systems. You can also apply for a grant towards secondary measures like draught-proofing, double or triple glazing, secondary glazing, energy efficient doors and heating controls. For more information see the Simple Energy Advice website
Green Homes - External Wall Insulation Grants
From August 2020, Warwick District Council are working with HEART to deliver a limited number of External Wall Insulation installations for privately owned housing with solid walls through a Warm and Safer Homes Grant. It can also be used for broken or inefficient boilers, lack of heating and insulation.
The homeowner, permanent household members, partner or a child living in the property may qualify if they have a long term health condition and live within the Warwick District Council boundary. Works will be carried out by Council contractors and eligibility will be subject to building control and planning consent. Properties within the conservation area are not eligible. Interested residents should contact HEART on 02476 376529.
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.
The Private Sector Housing team deals with the following
- Housing standards and disrepair
- Tenant advice
- Landlord advice
- Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)
- Empty properties
- Travellers and Gypsies
- Caravan and camping sites
- Landlord Forum
- Energy efficiency at home
- Property Inspections for immigration application purposes
The Home Environment Assessment and Response Team (HEART) can assist you with
- Disabled facility grants
- Assessments for aids and adaptation
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