WMBUS Conference 2014


13th November 2014 – Walsall Football Stadium

With major changes which will affect Landlords across Birmingham and the Black Country from December, local authorities and associations from across the West Midlands recently held the second West Midlands Landlord Conference.

Feedback on the Conference from the over 250 landlords who attended was very positive and over 98% of those that came along found the event to be very good or excellent.

Available to download below, as PDF files, are several of the Keynote Speeches from the event:




From the 1st October 2014 all Letting Agents must be members of a Property Redress Scheme which gives landlords and tenants a cost free method of taking action against an Agent if they are dissatisfied with their services.

Letting Agents MUST be members of one of the three Government approved schemes.

If a letting agent fails to join one of these schemes the local authority, wherever they are based, has the power to enforce and issue a mandatory £5,000 fine. If an agent persists on not paying then the local authorities can continue to fine them before seeking an injunction to close the agent down.

Please note that this legislation applies to formal Letting Agents, informal Letting Agents, those who source properties or sub-let properties to tenants through services such as Rent-to-Rent schemes or similar.

The three Government Schemes are:

More information is available on the Government portal GOV.UK

Note: For Letting Agents that are members of the Midland Landlord Accreditation Scheme there are requirements for MLAS Accredited Letting Agents. Visit MLAS for further information.

Sandwell Bugle October 2014

SandwellBugleSANDWELL BUGLE – e-Magazine for Sandwell Landlords

The Sandwell Bugle – the e-magazine for Landlords across the Sandwell MBC area – is available to download by clicking on the link below.

In the future, the Bugle is moving to an online Landlord blog – so Sandwell Landlords should keep an eye on their email for further information.

You can also follow Sandwell Private Sector Housing Team on Twitter: @SMBCenvhealth  

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