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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.

With the easing of Government restrictions from Monday 12th April, the Private Sector Housing Team will be able to recommence more 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.

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

** Evictions have been frozen again in England until 31st May 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

New policy links HMO Licensing and planning permission

Following Government guidance, caselaw, 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 larger HMO in Warwick District (which house 7 or more occupants)**

New Landlords Newsletter - April 2021

Read the latest installment of the WDC Landlords newsletter.

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

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

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Contact us

Email privatesectorhousing@warwickdc.gov.uk or telephone (01926) 456 359