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SASH Sleepout 2018 update

York RLA's Chairman - Andrew Simpson braved the cold, wet, windy weather last Friday evening and joined SASH for their Sleepout 2018 Event.  Please click on the link below to read more. Donations can still be made by visiting the following Virgin Money Giving page:

SASH Sleepout – 9th March 2018

York RLA’s Chairman – Andrew Simpson will be actively joining the SASH Sleepout  event on the 9th March 2018 to help raise vital funds and awareness for SASH who support local young people facing homelessness.  He will spend a night in the grounds of a community centre with just a sleeping bag, cardboard and plastic for protection. You can make a donation by visiting the following Virgin Money Page.  Any amount, large or small, helps SASH offer their services to young people facing homelessness. We thank you in advance for your support! Your donation is greatly appreciated.  

Planning Fees Increase

Planning fees are being increased for the first time since 2012.  Regulations to introduce a 20% increase in planning application fees were made by Parliament on 20 December 2017; as a result, fees charged for planning and related applications will increase from 17 January 2018. Further to these new regulations, a fee is also now payable for those applicatoins for planning permission which follow the removal of permitted development rights through Article 4 directions or by condition; these previously did not incur a fee.  So this includes the serving of the Article 4 Direction in 2012 which resulted in planning permission being required for a change of use from a C3 dwellinghouse to a C4 HMO.  From 17th January 2018 a fee of £462 will be payable for such applications. Please see link below for further details.  

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. See the full article here:

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.   Gregory & Co Lawyers The Raylor CentreYork James Street YO10 3DW

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.