ALSO DISCUSSED AT THE FORUM HELD ON MONDAY 28TH JANUARY 2019 –

Are you a Landlord who could help with our Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme?

 

In September 2015, the UK Government announced that over the next 5 years, up to 20,000 Syrians in need of protection would be accepted into the UK.  In July 2017 the scheme was expanded to include other refugees who have fled the conflict in Syria but whom do not have Syrian nationality.

Caerphilly County Borough Council was one of the first local authorities in Wales to accept families under this scheme, and we are currently working with a number of landlords who support the Caerphilly Private Landlord Forum who are assisting us with housing a number of families as part of this scheme.  However, the Council is currently looking for even more suitable properties to lease from private landlords to house families supported within this project.

The Home Office provides funding for all individuals resettled within the scheme.  All families resettled receive a support service commissioned by CCBC, regular visits by our partner managing agent will ensure your accommodation is kept in good condition throughout the period of the tenancy, rent will be paid to you by BACS transfer.

More than 250,000 Syrians have lost their lives in the last 5 years of conflict . More than 11 million others have been forced from their homes.  More than 4.5 million people have fled Syria.  These families are ordinary people who live ordinary lives but have been touched by brutal events.  If you are a landlord with a vacant property who maybe able to help and meet the criteria then why not call for more information or just have a chat.  Contact Sian Wolfe-Williams – 01443 811368 or email wolfes@caerphilly.gov.uk

Landlords with HMO’s need to be aware!!

Rent Smart Wales recently clarified a case whereby a property registration and a section 21 notice was questioned.  This was their response which was shared with Landlords

BACKGROUND:

The decision was made in relation to bedsits after the county County Court dismissed possession proceedings in relation to a Section 21 notice

CASE DETAILS:

The Landlord’s Section 21 notice was deemed invalid and possession of the property was not awarded.

The court decided that the bedsit was not registered properly.

The whole property was registered as one unit and the Court said each self-contained unit should have been registered separately.

LEGISLATION:

  • A rental property is defined as a ‘dwelling subject to, or marketed or offered to let under, a domestic tenancy’.
  • A dwelling is defined as ‘a building or part of a building occupied or intended to be occupied as a separate dwelling, together with any yard, garden, outhouse and appurtenances belonging to it or usually enjoyed with it where the whole of the Dwelling is in Wales’.

Advice Rent Smart Wales currently give:

  • When completing a registration, dwellings need to be registered separately.

-       If registering a property which is split into flats or bedsits, each flat or bedsit would be registered individually.

  • Advise to register every self-contained dwelling, normally this would be for every tenancy agreement issued (although it is worth noting that there may be exceptions to this e.g. shared house where individual contracts have been issued).

N.B  Rent Smart Wales are seeking legal advice on this matter.