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Letting Agent Training

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Reed Hall

Streatham Drive

Exeter

EX4 4QR

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Letting Agents and Landlords thrown a lifeline

University of Exeter and Exeter City Council have joined forces to launch a new scheme aimed at driving up rental standards and helping support students in private accommodation. The initiative will offer landlords and agents a unique opportunity to protect themselves against two major changes to the law that have very serious financial implications.

The training is focused on real issues seen daily by frontline staff, to give a good practical grounding in the Housing Health & Safety Rating System (HHSRS) – the basic standard for all housing - and other related law. This is a hands-on course, with practical workshops based on real local properties.

Why is this training important?

New housing law that came into force in March means that tenants can sue their landlords for damages and or repairs if a court decides that the property was unfit for human habitation at any stage during the tenancy – even at the end of the tenancy. The government is encouraging “no-win, no-fee” action. The Fitness for Human Habitation standard includes the HHSRS.

In addition, wider licensing criteria for Houses in Multiple Occupation mean that many properties in Exeter should be licensed, but are not. The owners of several hundred properties may have missed the deadline, leaving themselves potentially open to fines (up to £20,000) for failure to license, civil penalties (up to £30,000) if standards are inadequate and not remedied, and even Rent Repayment Orders (repayment of a year’s rent and any benefits paid) to all the tenants involved. 60 specific properties have already been identified by Exeter City Council as likely to fall into this category, with more to follow.

Agents will be in a better position to inspect their properties and offer their landlords crucial services – is their client’s property likely to be unfit for human habitation? Are they likely to face unfitness damages claims or possible council action for HHSRS hazards identified during a HMO licensing inspection (an HHSRS inspection will be carried out as part of any HMO licensing process)? What needs to be done?

Attendance is free but non-attendance will incur a £20 administration fee per space booked.

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