World Homeless Day



Generous landlords pay homeless group’s rent for 12 months

York Residential Landlords Association (York RLA) has given Kitchens for Everyone in York (KEY) £2,080 to ensure they keep serving a cooked breakfast to some of the city’s most vulnerable people.
The Spurriergate Centre group had feared they would have to stop helping the homeless when their limited cash supplies began to run out, but York RLA decided to step in when they heard the group had fallen on straitened times.
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Good Landlord Awards – We Have A Winner!

York RLA members Mark and Dawn Wilson are to be congratulated on winning the award for Landlord of the Year (Large Student Property). Well done!

What does the new law on right to rent mean for landlords?

The Immigration Act 2014 introduced a new legal requirement on private landlords in England to carry out immigration checks on all new prospective tenants from February 2016. The new law applies to residential agreements including tenancies, leases of less than 7 years, licences and sub-tenancies or sub-leases.
British citizens, EEA nationals and Swiss nationals are all relevant nationals that can rent  accommodation BUT must  show evidence that they are relevant nationals. Anyone who is not a relevant national BUT has been granted a visa to enter or remain in the UK has a right to rent accommodation.
What does this mean for landlords? 
The full article is HERE.
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Stamp duty land tax: how will the hike affect you?

The Chancellor has launched a second assault on residential landlords with the announcement of a new 3% additional stamp duty rate on any property bought as a buy to let or a second home.
George Osborne has already revealed plans to phase out higher rate tax relief on buy-to-let mortgage interest from 2017 and to reduce wear and tear allowances from next April.
The decision to hike stamp duty has been described in the press as the ‘death knell’ for buy-to-let, but how will the change in legislation affect you?
The full article is here:

Right to rent checks deadline looms

Landlords are being reminded the time to start new checks under the Government’s Right to Rent scheme is drawing near.
Under new legislation landlords and agents must check the immigration status of any adult set to move into one of their homes to ensure they have a right to rent in the UK. Failure to do so could result in landlords being fined up to £3,000 per illegal occupier, with the potential of criminal charges.
Although the new legislation – currently covering new tenancies only – comes into force on February 1, 2016 the Residential Landlords Association is reminding its members that checks must be made in the 28 days leading up to a tenancy – a period that starts early in the New Year.
The full article is here:
Remember that our first presentation of 2016 is on this subject!  January 12th, 7pm, The Park Inn

Home energy efficiency and demand reduction examined

Energy and Climate Change Committee examines the lessons learned from past and present energy efficiency schemes.



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    Budget in brief – housing, property and the private rented sector

Budget in brief – housing, property and the private rented sector

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne’s Budget announcement included a few surprises for the Private Rented Sector (PRS), landlords and tenants. The following is a reflection of the proposals affecting housing, property, the private rented sector and taxation.
Read all about it in the RLA bulletin HERE.

York HMO Ruling

From today’s York Press -
A REFUSAL by planners to allow a York property to be converted into a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) has been hailed as a landmark decision, with implications across the city.
A City of York Council planning sub-committee unanimously rejected an application for an HMO in a residential property in Pinewood Hill, Badger Hill, under powers granted through an ‘Article 4′ direction which controls the growth of HMOs such as student lets.
The Badger Hill Residents Community Group said the decision went against a planning officer’s recommendation to approve conversion on the basis that the street density was under 10 per and the area density was also under 20 per.
The officer argued that this was sufficient grounds under Article 4 to approve the application.
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    York Residential Landlords Association maintains support for housing charities in York

York Residential Landlords Association maintains support for housing charities in York

On Tuesday evening at The Park Inn, York RLA handed over a total of £6,000 to two housing charities working in and around the City of York. This is the third year running that the Association, which has around 500 members, has given cash support to Restore (York) Ltd and SASH.

York RLA Chairman, Niall Mcturk, said, “As landlords we are very fortunate and it is only right that we give something back to society. By supporting Restore and SASH we are helping homeless people in York to a better future.”
Founded in 1994, York Residential Landlords Association represents and promotes the interests of all respectable landlords operating in and around the City of York. It offers help and advice coupled with support and training, and actively promotes ‘best practice’ in property management.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in property, [...]