In order to protect the health of tenants, landlords, council and letting agent staff we have made some changes to the service we provide.
With the easing of Government restrictions from Monday 19th July the Private Sector Housing Team will be carrying out routine inspections. However, 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
Eviction by court bailiffs began in England from 31 May 2021
Landlords considering serving a new notice are still required to give tenants 4 months notice if they are following the Section 21 process. There are limited exceptions for the most serious cases where there is strong evidence of anti-social behaviour and arrears of 4 months or more.
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
Do you need property adaptations due to your health or mobility?
The HEART project helps Warwickshire residents with major and minor adaptations or equipment to allow them to live safely and independently at home. A team of Occupational Therapists and Housing Assessment Officers can assess your or your family members needs to ensure they are safe at home and make everyday tasks such as washing and cooking easier through equipment provision or property adaptations.
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New policy links HMO Licensing and planning permission
Following Government guidance, case law, specialist counsels legal advice, widespread consultation and a report to the Executive, a new policy came into force on 1/4/21, to link planning permission and HMO licensing.
The new policy means that Private Sector Housing will not be able to process new or renewal HMO licence applications where planning permission is required but has not been obtained. In addition, landlords will face enforcement action where they do not make a valid application for planning permission within set timescales, when a new or renewal HMO licence is required.
**References to planning permission in the new policy include a certificate of lawful development. This would be granted by the Planning Enforcement Team if a property had been operating continuously as an HMO from before 1 April 2021 in Leamington Spa, or for a period of 10 years for a larger HMO in Warwick District (which house 7 or more occupants)**
New Landlords Newsletter - April 2021
Green Homes Grant
The scheme has now closed to new applications.
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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