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Coronavirus: Landlords and Renters

  • Coronavirus regulations have meant that for a period of time landlords must give six months’ notice to evict tenants.  The government has also brought in some restrictions on eviction dates eg over the winter period.  Check the latest rules with the with the court service
  • Tenants are still liable for their rent and should pay this as usual. If they face financial hardship and struggle to pay this, support is available and we would encourage tenants and landlords to work together to put in place a rent payment scheme.
  • Landlords will also be protected by a 3 month mortgage payment holiday where they have a Buy to Let mortgages.
  • Landlords remain legally obligated to ensure properties meet the required standard – urgent, essential health and safety repairs should be made. An agreement for non-urgent repairs to be done later should be made between tenants and landlords. Local authorities are also encouraged to take a pragmatic, risk-based approach to enforcement.

See the Government website for more information.

The Landlords Forum

The Landlords Forum is open to all landlords, agents and people providing services to landlords; 

Latest Dates for the Forum:

Thursday, January 9th, 2020 at 6pm in the Town Hall

Current Issues

  • Selective Licensing
  • Ban on Fees to Tenants
  • Section 21 Notices
  • Warm Homes Fund

Speakers and Events

The Council is keen to hear from any providers of services to landlords who would like to share their expertise in the form of a general talk to the Landlords Forum.  For example, if you offer legal, financial or management services to landlords and are able to share insights that landlords could benefit from at the Landlords Forum, please feel free to contact us at landlordrelations@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk to arrange a date.

Do we have your correct email address?

We can send you an invitation to the Landlords Forum if we have your correct email address. If you are not currently receiving invitations to the Forum, please send a request email to landlordrelations@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk

More information for landlords

The Council's website has useful information for landlords and tenants.  We also seek to help landlords by hosting Landlords Forums where you can tell us about the issues that concern you, hear from relevant and interesting speakers, and network with other local landlords and agents. 

Subjects Covered at Past Forums and Information Circulars to Landlords

The following are examples of agenda items from previous forums and information circulars to landlords.  Some cover basic responsibilities of both tenants and landlords (see also our web page on information for landlords ).   Others such as talks on tax issues will help you to better protect your interests as a landlord.

  • Selective Licensing Scheme - proposal, implementation and updates
  • Electrical Safety and Portable Appliance Testing
  • Avoiding Deposit Disputes
  • Tax issues for Landlords
  • National Landlords Association - News and Updates
  • The Finances of Letting Property
  • Legionnaires Disease and legislation
  • Letting Agents Redress Scheme
  • Illegal Eviction and Harassment
  • Tenant Referencing
  • Inventories
  • The Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation

Contact us

If you wish to discuss any aspect of being a landlord the please contact our Landlord Relationship Manager:-

Tel (01283) 508149
Email landlordrelations@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk