“There’s no place like home….”

Filed in Bristol by on 18th January, 2016 0 Comments

Basic RGBBristol City Council (BCC) pleas, “There’s no place like home…” in an advert contained within the latest NLA UKL magazine. This follows a similar plea from George Furguson, Mayor of Bristol, and Olly Alcock, BCC Accommodation Services Manager, during their recent Bristol Landlord’s Forum held on January 5th. Olly presented a revised set of expectations of landlords and in exchange an extended range of offers to make it more attractive for landlords to let properties to their growing number of homeless DSS.  The additional offers included: a substantial advance payment (up to 3 months rent), or an alternative of rent guarantee insurance, if the market is up to £100 more than the maximum housing allowance (housing benefit) BCC will pay the difference for a year in advance, if there are reasonable payments that will help secure a tenancy (for example a contribution to the cost of electrical certification, but not a rewire) BCC will pay these. Despite these efforts to motivate the PRS in helping to house their tenants, there was skepticism from the audience. The audience were clearly not happy with the way that rouge tenants were still encouraged by BCC to stay in a property for as long as possible after a section 21 / 8 had been served, thus generating extensive legal costs, loss of rent and stress. BCC defended their position to provide legal advice to their tenants. The audiences stance was that if notice had been properly served then it was not reasonable for the applicant to continue to occupy the accommodation beyond the date given in the s.21 notice. To encourage tenants to stay could be an illegal act in it’s self! Never-the-less, if you are a landlord that lets or are thinking to let to DSS tenants, then these additional incentives may be attractive to you. For more details click here or contact Olly Alcock by phone 0117 352 1545 or email: olly.alcock@bristol.gov.uk or private.renting@bristol.gov.uk.

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Rob Crawford is the chairman of the Association of Local Landlords (Wessex). Rob is a practicing landlord with a property portfolio that includes small private residential properties and HMO's. Rob is a qualified letting agent and former owner of Kingfisher Lettings & Management. He is now a share holder of the successful online lettings company Lettingsupermarket.com.

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