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North Staffs Landlord Conference

NEWCASTLE landlords are being urged to get right up to date with the latest rules and regulations affecting the private rented sector at a special event next month (June).

The North Staffordshire Landlord Conference is the first of its kind to be organised by the Landlord Accreditation Scheme* – a joint venture between the Borough Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council – and the North Staffs Landlords Association.

Staged at the Kings Hall, Stoke, on Thursday 8 June, it aims to provide landlords with an expert insight into the raft of recent legislation being introduced – as well as helping them avoid the risk of legal action themselves.

Guest speaker is Tessa Shepperson, from Landlord Law, a specialist lawyer who will talk on a variety of topics, including setting up a tenancy, deposit protection and right to rent checks.

There will also be talks from local barristers, tax advisors, Staffordshire Police and updates from local authorities, including the Borough Council.

“We are currently seeing a period of unprecedented change for landlords with new legislation being introduced,” said Maureen Fraser, the Council’s Housing Standards Officer.

“Failure on the part of landlords to comply with the new rules can result in prosecutions, fines and the inability to evict non-paying tenants –  it is imperative that they keep up to date with all these changes, and this event is designed to help them do just that.”

The conference provides an opportunity for landlords to network with and meet other professionals from the sector; there will also be a variety of exhibition stands on display, including damp-proofing specialists, financial advisors, furniture suppliers and solicitors.

To book tickets  – which cost £25 per person including refreshments – visit: www.stoke.gov.uk/landlords

*The Landlord Accreditation Scheme has over 400 members, and aims to improve the physical and management standards in the private rented sector by providing encouragement, support and incentives to members.

Landlords can apply online at http://www.landlordaccreditation.co.uk, contact the landlord accreditation team on 01782 232271 or email mail@landlordaccreditation.co.uk for an application pack.