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Licensing: Respond to current consultations in your area

Landlords are being urged to respond to licensing consultations that affect them. Some of the councils currently consulting on licensing schemes include Manchester City Council and Newcastle City Council. NRLA members can learn more about how to respond to consultations that affect them by logging into the NRLA's licensing toolkit.

Regional News Victoria Barker 21/01/2021
Licensing: Respond to current consultations in your area

Blog: The Debt Respite Scheme

The Debt Respite Scheme, also known as breathing space, will come into force on 4th May. The scheme will ban banks and landlords from chasing tenants for unpaid debts by offering them a period of time to try to find a solution to their financial problems. In this blog published on JMW solicitors website, Dr David Smith, NRLA legal counsel writes about landlords need to know in relation to the new scheme.

Insights and Opinions Dr David Smith 20/01/2021
Blog: The Debt Respite Scheme

Big Energy Saving Week

This week is Big Energy Saving Week, a national campaign aimed at helping people to cut their fuel bills and ensure they are getting all the financial support they are entitled to. The NRLA has been campaigning for some time for more funding for the private rented sector for landlords to improve the energy efficiency of their properties, and there are also plenty of resources online for members to learn more about this.

Industry News Victoria Barker 18/01/2021
Big Energy Saving Week

Call of the Week: EICRs

This week we were able to advise one of our members who had a question relating to their obligations under the new electrical safety legislation, and the current lockdown in England.

Call of the Week NRLA Advice Line 15/01/2021
Call of the Week: EICRs

NRLA training: New courses launched

NRLA training has added two new courses to its offering this new year, shining a spotlight on renovations and property auctions. The two courses have been devised by Henry Davis MBA a property trader of over 30 years and offer practical advice on both buying properties and getting them ready for tenants.

Industry News Sally Walmsley 15/01/2021
NRLA training: New courses launched

Breathing Space: New rules will give tenants a 'break' from debt

A new scheme being brought in this spring will ban banks and landlords from chasing tenants for unpaid debts, by offering them a period of time to try to find a solution to their financial problems.

Industry News Sally Walmsley 14/01/2021
Breathing Space: New rules will give tenants a 'break' from debt

Rent Smart Wales fails accountability and transparency tests

An 'accountability deficit' exists within Rent Smart Wales, the nation's registration and licensing authority for the private rented sector, according to a report published by the NRLA today.

Industry News Calum Davies 11/01/2021
Rent Smart Wales fails accountability and transparency tests

Rent Smart Wales: Financial surplus - accountability deficit

Rent Smart Wales (RSW) oversees a national property registration and licensing scheme covering landlords and agents in the PRS. This report looks at the performance of RSW as it completes its first full business cycle. The report finds that RSW has benefitted from larger than expected revenues, but landlords feel the anticipated benefits of a national service have yet to be realised.

Special Report Nick Clay 11/01/2021
Rent Smart Wales: Financial surplus - accountability deficit

Government fails to tackle Covid rent debt crisis

The eviction ban in England has been extended for six weeks, in a move described as a 'sticking plaster' by landlords. Current restrictions were due to end on Monday. The NRLA says the move will do nothing to support landlords and tenants long term and what is needed is a comprehensive financial package, to allow tenants to continue to pay their rent without building unmanageable debt.

Industry News Sally Walmsley 08/01/2021
Government fails to tackle Covid rent debt crisis

Eviction ban in England extended for six weeks

Responding to the Government's announcement of an extension to the ban on the enforcement of most repossessions in the rental housing market in England, Ben Beadle, Chief Executive of the National Residential Landlords Association said:

Industry News Victoria Barker 08/01/2021
Eviction ban in England extended for six weeks