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One-stop-shop for landlords

Date: 01/07/2008           Category: Housing and Homelessness

Medway Council’s ambitious campaign to boost the standard of local housing takes an important step next week when private landlords are invited to a high-level conference in Chatham. The council was criticised in a report from the Audit Commission for some of its private sector housing services and has embarked on an ambitious plan to improve them. On Saturday, 12 July Medway Council’s housing team will be hosting its second landlords’ forum at the St George’s Centre in Chatham Maritime to ensure anyone who rents properties in the area has up-to-date information. A range of issues will be discussed, including an update on the work of the private sector housing service including the licensing of houses in multiple occupation, information on illegal evictions and possession procedures and how to make sure properties are energy efficient. Landlords will also be updated in the changes in legislation and how Medway Council will be enforcing these rules. There will also be a number of stands providing information from the council and some of its partners. Speakers include senior managers from Medway Council’s housing and benefits teams, including Assistant Director of Housing and Corporate Services Deborah Upton, who has been charged with ensuring the council’s housing services are brought up to scratch. She said: “We want to work with landlords to ensure people living in Medway are provided with good quality and safe housing. This conference is a chance for anyone involved in Medway’s tenancy market to find out how we can all work together to ensure high standards are met.” Medway Council’s Head of Enforcement, Litigation and Licensing Pete Tonge will be chairing the event and hosting a question and answer session for anyone who has specific queries. The free event takes place from 10am to 3pm, with registration and light refreshments available from 9.30am. Free parking is also available. For more details or to pre-register, please contact either Joy Potter on 01634 333580, email joy.potter@medway.gov.uk or Manpreet Bhupal on 01634 333836, email manpreet.bhupal@medway.gov.uk