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Raising awareness & understanding on issues in the PRS. A valuable resource centre for all Housing Professionals, Landlords & Property Managers.
Providing qualifications, events and support to Environment Health Officers and other Housing Professionals.
DASH also offers a variety of other joint services including research, government consultation leads, shared housing services:- by offering these services across a number of different local authorities significant economies of scales can be achieved.
DASH represents the East Midlands on the Private Sector Housing Forum at LGA and our group has been looking at Mortgage Lenders lack of understanding about the enforcement role you take at local authority level.
A common problem was that the Local Authority ‘notifications’ to mortgage companies were not getting to the right people and if they were there was not a joined up approach in tackling any issues.
Our colleague and forum member Mark Preston of Hasting Council met with the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) to try and raise the profile of LA intervention to achieve greater awareness to enforcement, HHSRS, licensing etc.. and to improve communication between pall parties involved.
Mark’s meeting was very enlightening and the upshot was to help raise awareness a crib sheet would be produced which mortgage lenders could use to educate themselves on what you do AND that they could share with their surveyors.
Please can you have a look at the draft crib sheet and provide any feedback you may have to email@example.com by 10th July 2013.
Once all the feedback is in and the document is modified it will be circulated to all ‘lenders’ via the CML.
In order to combat the issue of ‘getting the information to the right people’ here is a list of lender contacts the CML have given us which Officers can use to send notification of any enforcement action they take against buy to let landlords. This document is a work in progress so if you have useful contacts which you would like to share please do let DASH know.
The High Court has approved the use of nuisance law to require landlords to tackle problem tenants.
It is now possible for a successful claim for damages in nuisance to be brought against a landlord for failures to tackle what can broadly be termed anti-social behaviour.
It is important that landlords are aware that there are specific circumstances where they may have liability and can read more in the recent article from AH news.
This response was submitted to the Private Rented Sector All-Party Parliamentay Group Inquiry into the regulation and safety of the prs. The response discusses the mix of enforcement powers used by councils to manage the private rented sector, and that local government could make better use of limited resouirces for regulation and enforcement action if the tools and powers available to them were streamlined and simplified.
Read the LGA submission to the Private Rented Sector APPG inquiry.
Last Updated: Friday, 05 July 2013 12:50:37 GMT