Over 100 local landlords can get free support about keeping on top of changes in the lettings industry if they sign up for a conference run next week by Croydon Council.
The Jurys Inn hotel in Wellesley Road will host the conference, which is open to both existing private landlords with properties in the borough and those looking to invest in Croydon.
Those attending can meet and get advice from industry bodies, London Fire Brigade (LFB), and the council’s own property licensing and lettings teams, as well as network with potential suppliers from cleaners to security consultants.
The event, from 9.30am to 5pm on Friday 5 October, will include several presentations on:
• New law changes around homes in multiple occupation (HMOs)
• How the council’s Gateway homelessness prevention service works with JobCentre Plus to support tenants on Universal Credit
• How to improve a property’s energy efficiency
The event will also have stalls hosted by specialists on hand to offer landlords advice, from an inventory clerk and gas safety engineers to LFB offering home fire safety visits. Also attending will be Citizens’ Advice, the council’s anti-social behaviour team and industry accreditation body NAPIT, which will give a training session on electrical safety.
The conference, which has developed out of the council’s regular landlord forums for those with licensed properties in the borough, is also an opportunity to find out about Croydon Lettings. This council initiative was set up earlier this year to match private landlords with tenants, including those with disabilities.
So far, 12 tenants have been found a property, with 34 landlords now on the scheme’s books. Tenants benefit from financial management support and subsidised moves, while benefits to landlords include a wider pool of vetted tenants, guaranteed rent and no agent fees.
“By giving Croydon landlords the knowledge, skills and support they need, we believe that not only will their local businesses flourish but also their tenants will benefit and flourish. This event will help both new and experienced landlords to network and learn more, and I hope as many as possible attend.”
Councillor Alison Butler, deputy leader and cabinet member for homes and Gateway services
Landlords must pre-register to attend any of the presentations by emailing Propertylicensing@croydon.gov.uk
Alternatively, if they only want to meet stallholders they can register in person on the day.
For more information on Croydon Lettings, email CroydonLettings@croydon.gov.uk