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Home Information Packs Future Leaflets The government recently decided not to go ahead with If you would like an article featured in the next leaflet the idea of a full house condition report as a please contact LouiseBiddiss on 01268 294056 or email requirement for all house sales, however it still requires email@example.com all vendors to provide an energy efficiency rating report, known as an SAP Rating. Homelink Where a landlord or an estate agent find the SAP rating of a property is low they can help to improve the Advice for private landlords energy efficiency of the home and help to sell the and agents property in a shorter period of time if the SAP rating was increased through insulation and more better heating. More information on how to raise the SAP rating of your property can be obtained from the Energy Efficiency Advice on 0800 096 6356 Bedsit Accommodation Since "Buy-to-let accommodation has become popular many landlords have bought properties to rent out the rooms as separate bedrooms with the tenants sharing the bathroom and kitchen. If this applies to you must comply with the Council's standards for houses in S.I.L.T PRODUCED BY BASILDON DISTTRICT OUNCIL MARCH 2007 Multiple Occupation (HMO) which cover things like Basildon District Council, amenities and fire precautions in bedsit St Martin’s Square, accommodation. Basildon, Essex, If you have an HMO that is 3 or more storeys and SS14 1DL houses 5 or more tenants you must apply for a license from the council . or email your comments For more information about the standards and HMO firstname.lastname@example.org licensing phone the Environmental Health dept on 01268 294280. LEAFLETS IN OTHER FORMATS ARE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST Empty Dwelling Management Orders Is it true that the council is not obliged to obtain a New Scheme for Essex Landlords On 6 July 2006 Empty Dwelling Management Orders market rent? NACRO is a specialist housing association that offers (EDMO’s) came into force. They allow councils to take This is untrue. If councils charge below a market rent supported accommodation to young people and over the management of some residential properties they must compensate the owner with the difference families across Essex. They have just launched a new that have been empty for more than six months. Their between the rent they charge and the market rent. scheme called the Tenancy Triangle Scheme (TTS) to introduction has been widely reported in the press and provide much needed additional accommodation. They continues to promote much discussion and debate. Is there a right of appeal for EDMOs? would like to hear from landlords who have one- Some of the coverage in the press has been misleading. Yes. There are several rights of appeal,ncluding a right bedroom properties in any area in Essex. Here are a few frequently asked questions. of appeal against the decision to make an EDMO. In return you will receive regular and guaranteed rent Who decides if an Empty Dwelling Management At present Basildon District Council has not issued any payments and regular property inspections, plus your Order should be made? EDMO’s and looks at informal ways of bringing empty council tax and utility bills will be paid. A council cannot make an interim EDMO without homes back into use first. This can be in the form a getting approval from the independent “Residential grant of up to £20 000. We are also looking to work For further information please contact Val Hughes on Property Tribunal Service”(RPT) who are a public body with a Registered Social Landlord to offer a voluntary 01245 606010 that provide a fair unbiased service that is used by management scheme whereby the owner leases their thousands of landlords, Tenants and Leaseholders every empty property to a Registered Social Landlord for an Keeping Warm year . They have a public enquiry line to answer agreed period. Energy Efficiency Advice Centres (EEAC’s) are a UK questions, provide information about tribunal network of 52 centres that offer an extensive range of publications and explain how the tribunal system If you would like further information about Empty experience and expertise in energy efficiency. works. The enquiry line number is 0845 6003178. Dwelling Management Orders or other empty property Since the network was launched in 1993, EEAC’s have The RPT will decide if the order should be allowed, and issues please contact: advised approximately two million customers on how to in doing so will make sure the Council has followed the save energy at home and reduce their heating bills. correct procedures. Mrs Louise Biddiss on 01268 294056 or email email@example.com . You may qualify for a grant, if you are on income Can empty homes be taken over from as soon as related benefits you may qualify for FREE insulation . If six months from the death of an owner? Further information is also available on the Department you would like to find out more call the Energy No. Inherited properties are exempt whilst probate is for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) Efficiency Advice Centre on 0800 096 6356 for free, resolved and for a further six months after grant of website at www.communities.gov.uk/emptyhomes impartial advice. representation has been obtained. In most cases the property would continue to be exempt, for example if If your tenant is on a low income or on certain types of the property was marketed for sale or rent or if it was benefit they too may be able to claim a “warm front” used as a holiday home. grant for insulation. Please call 08003162814 for more info.