SANDWELL COUNCIL LANDLORDS NEWS BLOG LAUNCHED
KEEPING YOURSELF INFORMED….
Housing is facing some substantial changes, everything from landlord responsibilities under the Immigration Act to the end of Housing Benefit and the new Universal Credit.
Sandwell MBC has launched a news blog for landlords to keep them up-to-date with all the latest information affecting the private rented sector across the borough. Visit Sandwelllandlords.wordpress.com.
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About the Sandwell Landlords Blog
Private landlords in Sandwell provide an essential service, supplying homes to tens of thousands of people in the borough. We know it’s a role that is often difficult and complicated; not just sitting back and collecting the rent.
One of a landlord’s biggest challenges is keeping informed about a long list of issues, often involving complex legislation and constant change. Just looking ahead to the next 12 months sees new responsibilities with the Immigration Act 2014 and the ‘Right to Rent’ rules, the uncertainties about tenants on benefits with the roll-out of Universal Credit and the new compulsory Property Redress Schemes for lettings agents.
We want to help you were we can with these challenges by sharing information and helping you stay up to date. Up to now, we have relied on the ‘Bugle’ magazine from our Housing Quality team and occasional newsletters from our Revenues and Benefits service. However, these are rapidly becoming an out of date format. They don’t always let us get the information you need out quickly enough or give you the right opportunities to respond. So we are very pleased to welcome you to the first post on our new landlord blog.
Your blog editors are Oliver Wright from Revenues and Benefits and Liz Mooney from the Housing Quality team. We very much want to hear from you, whether it’s a comment on something we have posted or a suggestion for a topic for us to cover. Either way, please email us and let us know. We aim to be informative, relevant and up-to-date.