East Staffordshire Borough Council has teamed up with the National Landlords Association (NLA) to offer regular Landlords Forums in the borough.The next Forum is Thursday 29th January 2015 at 6pm at the Town Hall in Burton upon Trent.
The forum is open to any landlords with properties in and around East Staffordshire who want to hear informative speakers, share ideas and discuss any current issues they might be coming up against.
A speaker will be at the forum to talk about the finances of letting property and ways landlords can tell if they are making a good return on their investment.Another speaker will clarify landlord responsibilities in terms of preventing Legionnaires Disease in private rented housing.There will also be a talk on how not to fall foul of the law on tenant harassment and illegal eviction.
Landlords also need to be aware that the Government has launched a new Letting Agents Redress Scheme which landlords and tenants can use if they can’t resolve a complaint with their letting/managing agent.A speaker will be available to answer questions.
Mandy Bygrave works for the NLA and will be at the Landlords Forum as the anchor for a general question-and-answer session towards the end of the meeting.
“Renting out properties can be rewarding and you can get a good financial return with the right investment” says Mandy.“I would say however that there are many pitfalls for the unwary.The more knowledge landlords have in the field, the more protected they can be from unexpected problems.”
Councillor Sonia Andjelkovic, Deputy Leader for Regulatory Services, added: “We have just adopted a brand new Housing Strategy, and developing the Landlords Forum is one of its top priorities.
“The private rented sector in East Staffordshire is thriving and the council wants the sector to perform well, in the interests of both landlords and tenants. Landlords have our full support in carrying out the challenging task of managing their housing, and we are keen to ensure that we help by bringing in the expertise, knowledge and advice necessary to support them in being a good landlord.