Landlords invited to free online webinar

Fenland District Council is giving local landlords the opportunity to receive advice and support on all aspects of the private rental sector through a free online event this month.

Housing

The latest Landlord Support Event, the fifth of its kind organised by the Council, looks to help keep landlords and letting agents up-to-date on their responsibilities and legal obligations to tenants through a series of informative presentations from partner organisations and Fenland District Council officers.

Due to the continued coronavirus restrictions on public gatherings, the event will be held as an online webinar for the very first time. Those interested in watching the event can do so by visiting Fenland District Council's YouTube channel at: youtube.com/user/fenlandcouncil

Councillor Samantha Hoy, the Council's Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: "While it is a shame that the current circumstances prevent us from hosting these valuable events in person, this new format presents a fantastic opportunity to share vital guidance with a wider audience and potentially engage with local landlords who may not have been able to attend previous events."

"We're sure that landlords and letting agents will benefit from watching this free event, whether they're thinking of becoming a landlord in the near future, have just started, or if they already have a sizable property portfolio."

Topics covered in the webinar include the latest on new Electrical Safety Regulations, an update on fire safety measures within single and multiple occupancy lets from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service as well as guidance on refuse and waste from Fenland District Council's Environmental Services team.

One of the most eagerly anticipated presentations delivered during the event was an update from the Council's Private Sector Housing team on a new enforcement approach which tackles the small minority of rogue landlords in the region who break housing laws with a range of civil penalty actions.

Answers to many of the most frequently asked questions received from landlords were provided throughout the course of the event too, following a call for questions earlier this month on the Council's social media channels and through the Private Sector Housing team's mailing list.

During the event landlords were encouraged to work in partnership with the Council, with a number of the benefits of doing so being underlined, such as free tailored advice on tenancy matters, housing, HMO standards and licensing and referrals to the Landlord and Rent Solution Service.

The Council also highlighted the property health checks service it offers, at a cost of £60 per hour, for landlords who want to ensure that they are complying with the law. The checks included a full house assessment, followed by a detailed report and schedule of necessary work.

Any local landlords or letting agents who are interested in learning more about the support that is available or who would like to sign up to the Private Sector Housing team's mailing list can get in touch via email at: privatesectorhousing@fenland.gov.uk

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