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September 2022

Private Sector Housing event - 20 September 2022

Click on the link SHDC Private Sector Housing event for details of the forthcoming event taking place in the Market Place, Spalding on Tuesday 20 September 2022 from 9am - 2pm.

 

Homes for Ukraine Host e-newsletter

Click the link for the latest  Homes for Ukraine Host e-newsletter September 2022 (PDF) [228KB] (opens new window)

 

Homes for Ukraine host workshops

Hosts are being encouraged to book free places on workshops run by Upbeat Communities covering a range of topics including how to host well and dealing with any difficulties along with providing a platform to meet other hosts and share experiences.

Click the link for full details  Homes for Ukraine host workshops (PDF) [178KB] (opens new window)

 

DASH e-newsletter - Free Landlord Information Sessions

Click on the link DASH September e-newsletter for details of all forthcoming events for landlords and their agents including the face to face meeting for all landlords on Wednesday 5 October 2022 at the Municipal Building in Boston from 1.30 - 3.00 pm.

 

August 2022

Homes for Ukraine living arrangements - what happens next?

Please click the link Homes for Ukraine - Living arrangements 4 to 6 months after moving to the UK for further Government advice and information regarding options available to guests nearing the end of the scheme.

 

Homes for Ukraine guests - has your housing placement broken down?

Information from independent charity Settled.org.uk

Settled have provided the following information leaflets in Ukrainian, Russian and English, offering support and advice for any guests dealing with issues regarding their placement:

Placement issues Ukrainian (PDF) [491KB] (opens new window)    Placement issues Russian (PDF) [484KB] (opens new window)    Placement issues English (PDF) [487KB] (opens new window)

 

Homes for Ukraine Host e-newsletter

Click the link for the latest  Homes for Ukraine Host e-newsletter August 2022 (PDF) [322KB] (opens new window)

Homes for Ukraine Host e-newsletter 18 August 2022 (PDF) [222KB] (opens new window)

 

Lincolnshire Good Homes Alliance pilot

We would really like to hear from all Lincolnshire residents who are facing maintenance and repair issues within their homes and anyone that needs to make adaptations to their homes. That can be either now or in the future.

We want to find out the best ways we can provide support and which services you need to help you with your home improvements. We also want to hear about your experiences around completing work to your home.

The information you provide will help us develop a new initiative called 'The Lincolnshire Good Home Alliance,' working in partnership with Lincolnshire Councils.

To complete the survey please click the link Lincolnshire Good Home Alliance Survey

 

July 2022

Sustainable and accessible ways to keep cool

With the recent heat waves and potential for more in the coming weeks, The Lancet have provided this information sheet on sustainable strategies to help people keep cool.  Click the link to view  Sustainable and accessible ways to keep cool (PDF) [762KB] (opens new window)

If you have concerns about an uncomfortably hot house that is affecting your health or someone else's, seek medical advice. 

The Private Sector Housing team can inspect a home for hazards to health, including excess heat.  A hazard for excess heat would be, for example, heating that cannot be turned off.  It would not be a landlord's responsibility to provide air conditioning or fans under the circumstances of unusually hot weather.  Contact privatehousing@sholland.gov.uk for further information. 

 

Homes for Ukraine Host e-newsletter

Click the link for the latest  Homes for Ukraine Host e-newsletter July 2022 (PDF) [314KB] (opens new window)

 

June 2022

Homes for Ukraine Host e-newsletter

Click the link for the latest   Ukraine Host e-newsletter (PDF) [319KB] (opens new window)

 

March 2022

Homes for Ukraine

Lincolnshire is preparing to receive its first Ukrainian evacuees after hundreds of families reached out to offer sanctuary, safety and a warm welcome under the new Homes for Ukraine programme.

In advance of the arrivals, various checks are starting to be made by the local authorities to ensure the suitability of the accommodation for the imminent arrivals.

For further details regarding the scheme; how to apply; what happens at an inspection etc - please click the link https://www.sholland.gov.uk/article/19889/Lincolnshire-set-to-welcome-Ukrainian-guests

Green Homes Grants Local Authority Delivery Scheme

We are working with residents to save them money on their utility bills while also helping them to reduce their carbon footprint.

We have secured funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to continue to expand our Green Homes Grants programme aimed at assisting homeowners and landlords to make improvements to the energy efficiency of their properties. 

To be eligible for the grants, your property must have an Energy Performance Certificate rating of E, F or G and a household income of less than £30k per year. In the case of rental properties, the income eligibility relates to the property's tenants.

The funding is managed by our Climate Change and Environment Team and we would be delighted to hear from homeowners and landlords that would like to take advantage of the scheme. Grants of up to £25,000 are available to owner-occupiers and up to £16,666 to landlords - with landlords being required to fund one third of the cost of works themselves.

We currently have two active grant schemes under the banner of Sustainable Warmth Programme. HUG1 is aimed at properties who are considered to be off-gas grid because they have no available mains gas connection in their area. LAD3 is aimed at properties which do have access to a mains-gas connection. More details of both schemes can be found in the links. If you are unsure about which scheme your property fits into, please get in touch.

For further information and to apply click Green Home Grants

If you have any queries regarding the grant please feel free to contact our partners on greenhomesgrants@e-lindsey.gov.uk or call 01507 613573.

 

February 2022

Green Homes Grants (Sustainable Warmth)

Click here to read about the next phase of Green Homes Grants awards (known as 'Sustainable Warmth') to private homeowners and landlords across the district Sustainable Warmth 

The Sustainable Warmth programme will start on 1 April 2022.   More details of the scheme criteria and how to apply will be released in due course, here on our website.  

Government's 'Cost of Living' and 'Energy Bills Rebate' factsheets

Click the link to read more about the Government's 'Cost of Living' and 'Energy Bills Rebate' factsheets which have been introduced to support households with rising energy bills in 2022-23 Cost of Living and Energy Bills Rebate factsheets 


December 2021

Ventilation guidance for landlords

All local authorities have received a copy of a letter to share with landlords from Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP - Minister of State for Housing, regarding ventilation guidance for tenanted properties.

Increasing ventilation is a key behaviour in lowering the risk of COVID-19 transmission and is especially relevant given the increased transmission risk in winter, and the wider COVID-19 situation.

Please click here to read the full  Housing Minister Ventilation Letter 7 December 2021 (PDF) [8MB] (opens new window)  

Free Event - Lincolnshire Landlords' Forum

Wednesday 8 December 2021  10.30 am - 12 noon

South Holland District Council would like to welcome all landlords and housing professionals to the next Lincolnshire Landlord's Forum being hosted by DASH and NRLA. 

See the link below for joining details. 

The webinar session will be delivered via Zoom and will be recorded.

Agenda:

  • Welcome and introductions from Don Robbie, Local NRLA Representative and Linda Cobb, Manager of DASH (Decent and Safe Homes) Landlord Accreditation Scheme across the East Midlands.
  • The importance of accurate and well documented Inventory & Condition Reports and DASH update - Linda Cobb 
  • Legislation and News Update - Don Robbie
  • Breakout room for the South & East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership  
  • Introduction by Jon Challen, Safer Communities Service Manager
  • Green Homes Grants, Sarah Baker, Climate Change and Environment Manager
  • Housing, Health and Wellbeing, Arturs Serdjuks 

To register, please follow this link - full instructions are detailed below the registration link. 

https://www.dashservices.org.uk/news/lincolnshire-landlord-forum

We look forward to seeing you there!


November 2021

Scammers targeting residents trying to keep warm

Householders are being advised to take care when cold called by companies offering insulation. 

Unscrupulous companies are contacting residents, usually by telephone, offering spray foam loft insulation scams at excessive prices. They also offer other services such as jet-washing roof tiles or over-priced ventilation systems.

Some scammers are falsely claiming that they are working with local councils to offer all types of insulation and the work could be covered by grant schemes.

A spokesperson for the South & East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership, said: "Residents are urged to avoid becoming a victim of these scams by simply not engaging with any cold callers, whether on the telephone or at the door. Don't feel pressured to proceed with works before checking whether it is genuinely required.  Ask friends or family to recommend a company that would carry out the work for you and always obtain more than one quotation for works on your home.

"We urge anyone concerned about the activity of a cold caller is urged to contact the Citizens Advice Helpline on 0808 223 1133 or Action Fraud UK on 0300 123 2040."

If you are interested in having insulation added to your property, Green Homes Grants are available to eligible households through your local council.  Anyone applying would be given a unique reference number that would be quoted in all contact.

Alternatively, insulation may be available through Lincs 4 Warmer Homes which is a partnership of local authorities in Greater Lincolnshire offering energy efficiency improvements. For more details and to check eligibility contact 01472 326 434 or click the link for Lincs 4 Warmer Homes Referral