Westcountry Landlords Association
Westcountry Landlords Association, also known as WLA, is a membership organisation for residential landlords that is not for profit.
Although the Westcountry Landlords Association is not a national landlords association, like the BLA or the NRLA. It still provides a good selection of services, products, and support to its members.
Membership benefits include:
Free tenancy agreements
Standard templates & Forms
Health & safety guide
Private sector landlords’ tips
Electrical appliances safety guide
Safety of tenant’s guide
Housing benefit reform guide
Notice period under Covid-19 pandemic
Guidance on relevant legislation for landlords
Tax advise & Guidance
Managing rent arrears
Drafting tenancy agreement guidance
Service Charge advice
The services they provide to members are all the usual services a landlord may require.
The Westcountry Landlords Association was created in 2007. It is a popular organisation attracting members from Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Gloucestershire and Bristol. Our association has said it continues to grow strength to strength and new members and continues to grow.
The Westcountry Landlords association is managed by a local team who are elected volunteer. They have broad experience and is made up of diverse professionals. Committee members themselves are landlords too.
Westcountry Landlords association mission is to:
Bring local landlords together to share experiences
Provide a platform for landlords to express their opinion
To have their interests represented both locally and nationally.
Landlords need to be aware of legislation and procedures that affect their business. The association strives to raise awareness of existing and new legislation.
They aim to provide education, information and advice through regular public meetings with expert guest speakers and frequent updates through their newsletters and bulletins.
Members help and advice is available to members through their 24-hour helpline, which can be accessed through their website.
They hold regular free legal advice surgeries at the offices of Curtis Whiteford Crocker solicitors for its members. This service is beneficial for members given the COVID-19 pandemic.
The government has introduced emergency legislation to deal with the Coronavirus, and this has impacted landlords directly.
The notice period for section 8 & 21 has been extended, and other parts of the eviction process have seen some changes.
It is essential members have access to up to date legal advice should they need it.
(Plymouth) and telephone service with Henriques Griffiths (Bristol) also with Tax Advice surgeries.
The WLA is an excellent association to join, especially if a local landlord needs support and help. They have contacts with the local councils. They know the counties they cover and the various challenges in certain boroughs.
They run courses that a landlord or letting agent can take to develop their skills.
To join the association and become a member, the annual fee for full membership is only £37.
List of landlord’s associations in the UK?
- British Landlords Association (The BLA)
- Devon Landlord Association
- Southern Landlord Association iHOWZ
- Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL)
- National Residential Landlord Association
- Jersey Landlords Association JLA
What is considered acceptable wear and tear on a rental property?
For residential property letting, fair wear and tear means deterioration to decorations, carpets, fixtures, fittings and furniture that would reasonably be expected during a residential tenancy: for the particular period of the subject tenancy (the “term”)
How do you know a landlord is legit?
Obtain records from the HM land registry to check who the owner is. Then check with the legal owner if the person purporting to be the landlord is known to them.
How often should a rented house be repainted?
Legally There’s no timescale for repainting a rental house. Generally, a property should be repainted every 6 years.
Author: Amanda Goldsmith [email protected]
Date: 25th of April 2021
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