Private landlords across West Cheshire are invited to a special forum on 26 November

18 November 2015

Private landlords across West Cheshire are invited to attend a special forum on Thursday 26 November in Ellesmere Port.

The next Private Landlord Forum drop-in supported by Cheshire West and Chester Council and the National Landlords Association will take place between 3.30 pm and 7pm in the Civic Suite, Civic Way. 

During the summer, the Council`s Housing Policy and Strategy team consulted with the sector and asked them what they wanted from a relaunched Landlord Forum.   

The consultation exercise identified that many landlords valued the Forum as they felt it was an effective way for them to find out about the latest developments facing the sector and to meet with fellow landlords and share best practice.   

Councillor Angela Claydon, Cabinet Member for Housing said: “As a Council we recognise the importance the private rented sector plays in helping to meet the housing needs of our residents. 

“We want to actively engage with the sector and the relaunched Landlord Forum provides us with an ideal opportunity to help promote a vibrant private rented sector

“The relaunched Landlord Forum will feature a series of presentations that will not only help to keep landlords updated on current best practice but will also help stimulate debate about the latest housing issues. 

“Guest speakers will be talking about the latest issues facing the sector as well as providing the borough`s landlords with help and advice.”
Garry Heil from the National Landlords Association said: “I am really pleased that Cheshire West and Chester Council have embraced working with the sector so positively.  

“The National Landlords Association (NLA) is very keen to work with both landlords and the Council to help improve housing standards across the borough. The NLA exists to protect and promote the interest of private-residential landlords”.   As part of the event, the NLA will be highlighting the changes to the serving of a Section 21 Notice which is the starting process to ending a tenancy.  

The event will also provide practical advice on the Government`s Right to Rent legislation which is concerned with ensuring that a prospective tenant is entitled to live in the UK and have a right to rent. 

 Everyone attending will also be able to take part in a live Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Webinar event which will provide details about the tax implications for renting properties. 

There will also be information stands and experts on hand to discuss topics such as landlord accreditation, empty homes and energy efficiency. 

West Cheshire Homes, the new Council run choice based lettings and housing advice service, will also be present to explain their new range of services available to the sector.  

It is proposed to run the Landlord Forums twice a year so that the Council and local landlords can build on their relationship as well as making sure landlords have all the help and advice they need which is available to them through various support organisations. 

All private landlords who have properties in Cheshire West and Chester or letting agents are invited to attend. If you would like to attend, please contact Allan Batty on 0151 356 6410 or email allan.batty@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk.

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