West Somerset housing news under one roof

    West Somerset housing news under one roof

    West Somerset housing news under one roof

    Wednesday 20 September 2017

    People in West Somerset are finding it hard to have a place they can call home due to the shortage of affordable housing to rent or to buy.

    However funding provided by EDF Energy is helping to mitigate the impact of the new nuclear power station, Hinkley Point C, on the housing market. West Somerset Council and local partners are using this funding to provide a range of initiatives which offer grants, loans and practical support to provide some solutions to the housing problem. 
    Building on the success of the Landlords and Housing Fair held at The Beach Hotel and thanks to the support of the West Somerset Free Press, over the next few weeks we will be running a series of articles giving an overview of each housing initiative, examples of how the schemes are assisting local people and answering some of the questions below:
    • Are you a landlord planning to improve your rental properties?
    • Would you like to earn some money from your property or spare room?
    • Do you own an empty home and want to stop it deteriorating? 
    • Would you like to earn some income from the property by bringing it back into use but don’t want the work involved?
    • Would you like to advertise your rental property to a wider market for free?
    • Interested in finding accommodation or downsizing?
    • Do you need financial help to buy your first home?
    • Would you like to find out more about becoming a landlord?
    This first article provides an overview of the Somerset West Landlord and Tenant Services (SWeLT) and the Voluntary Landlord Accreditation Scheme.

    Somerset West Landlord and Tenant Services (SWeLT)

    SWeLTSWeLT has been set up to assist Private Sector Landlords, Tenants and Owners across the three districts of Sedgemoor, Taunton Deane and West Somerset. The service is a unique partnership between the Council’s and agencies and offers access to a range of local housing products, services, signposting and support including advice on housing standards, rent’s, the lodgings scheme and landlord accreditation. 
    SWeLT services are free and specialist teams are on hand to offer personal advice and support. More information and advice is available via the website (www.swpshp.org), telephone 0300 303 7794 or email SWELT@sedgemoor.gov.uk. Calls to 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.

    Voluntary Landlord Accreditation Scheme.

    Accredited LandlordsThe Landlord Accreditation is a free and voluntary scheme for landlords run by SWeLT. The aim is to acknowledge good landlords and recognise and raise the standards of private rented accommodation. SWeLT are committed to providing information and advice to help landlords develop their housing portfolios and improve their properties.
    For more information, contact the Council’s Housing Initiatives Officer, Beccy Brown, on 01984 635314 or email bbrown@westsomerset.gov.uk.