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Coronavirus update

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

From 5th November - 2nd Dec 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.

Coronavirus FAQs for private sector housing

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.

Public Health England Letter 30/9/20

Eviction Process during Coronavirus outbreak

Landlords are now required to give tenants six months notice if they are following the Section 21 process. The courts have now-reopened and will be prioritising possession cases where there is serious anti-social behaviour or domestic violence perpetrated by one tenant against another tenant.

As part of this process, landlords who have served a notice which has been on hold due to court closure, will need to engage with tenants and identify if they are in hardship due to Covid-19. Landlords with possession orders will need to serve a reactivation notice to the tenant and courts.We advise landlords who are unsure of the 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

Following changes to Government guidance and case law, we need to review how we process HMO Licences if a property does not have the correct planning permission. As this is a change in our policy and processes, we would welcome your feedback on the HMO licensing and planning permission consultation.

**The Consultation closes on 8th January 2021**

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.

Landlords Newsletter May 2020

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.

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