The SWeLT Scheme has been set up to assist Private Sector Landlords, Tenants and Owners across the 3 districts of Sedgemoor, Taunton Deane and West Somerset.
This new scheme is a partnership between Councils and agencies who offer private sector landlords, tenants and owners unique access to a range of local housing products, services and support.
SWeLT services are free and specialist teams are on hand to offer you personal advice and support covering a wide range of housing topics.
- our commitment to improve the service to you.
The website will ensure that useful information is updated on a regular basis. We will also advise you of enhancements to our exciting range of incentives such as the Bond Deposit Scheme, Grants which help landlords bring properties back into use or up to a Decent Homes Standard, plus details of a new Management Service which guarantees a rental income.
We hope you find the information useful and if you would like to speak to one of our teams or have a query regarding a private sector issue, please feel free to contact us on 0300 303 7794 or email us on SWELT@sedgemoor.gov.uk .Calls to our 0300 numbers will cost 3 pence per minute, plus your telephone provider's access charge, which varies from provider to provider. Please check with your service provider to confirm their charge.
Chairman SWeLT Board
On the 17th July we launched a review of the Somerset Strategic Housing Framework (SSHF). To start the debate we have developed housing market profiles for all the districts including SDC. For further details Sedgemoors Housing Strategy
HMO's - Latest update
From the 1st October 2018, all privately rented properties that are occupied by five or more people who form two or more households regardless of the number of stories are required to licence with the Local Authority. Any landlord who has not submitted their application after the 1st October 2018 and is operating an HMO is committing an offence and this could lead to a fine or prosecution.
A HMO is considered to be licensable if all of the following apply:
At least five tenants live there, forming more than one household
You share toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities with other tenants
Please see the prescribed description from the Secretary of State on the Legislation.gov.uk website.
A household is either a single person or members of the same family who live together. A family includes people who are:
Married or living together (including people in same-sex relationships)
Relatives or half-relatives for example grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings
Step-parents and step-children
The Local Housing Authority is responsible for enforcing Homes in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) and we inspect properties during the period of the licence HMO Licensing Requirements and how to apply Inspections may also be part of an improvement program or following a complaint. Email email@example.com or call 0300 303 7794 if you are a landlord in Sedgemoor or firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01823 356356 if you are a landlord in Taunton Deane or West Somerset and need advice or guidance on licensing your property.
If you're a tenant and have a housing safety issue, we advise that you raise this matter to your landlord at the earliest opportunity. If you feel that there is no appropriate response, you can register a concern by submitting a Housing Improvement Service Request on our advice for tenants page Advice for tenants . Wherever possible we'll work with you and your landlord to improve the property but if this fails we can use enforcement powers.
See leaflet for further information and contact details
New measures to crack down on bad practices, stamp out overcrowding and improve standards for those renting in the private sector.
Rogue landlords have been put on notice as government has announced today (28 December 2017) a raft of new measures to crack down on bad practices, stamp out overcrowding and improve standards for those renting in the private sector.
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The Government have provided guidance on Universal Credit and what it means for Landlords and tenants, please follow the link below.
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