There was an open invitation for all property landlords to go along to the annual event in the Civic Offices on Thursday 19th October.
They were given the opportunity to attend talks, take part in workshops, speak to a range of teams from the Council and to network.
Landlords were also invited to find out more about the Council’s Rent Guarantee Scheme. The service matches people who need homes with landlords who have properties to let. Landlords benefit from a wide range of measures including; rent paid directly to them in advance, up to six weeks deposit, reference-checked tenants and rent paid during void periods.
Attendees at the evening received an update on news from the sector in a talk from the National Landlords Association (NLA) and were able to join workshops on the topics of fire safety, tax, HMO regulations and preventing homelessness.
Cllr John Ennis, Lead Councillor for Housing, who attended the event, said:
“It was great to see so many of Reading’s landlords attend the information evening and the feedback we received from them has been very positive.
“The landlords particularly liked the networking opportunity, the update from the NLA and the workshops.
“I hope it also persuades more landlords to sign up to the Rent Guarantee Scheme which plays an important role in providing accommodation for families in need of a home.”
One landlord commented that she found the Preventing Homelessness workshop particularly useful, as she hadn’t realised how much work is carried out by Reading Borough Council, with landlords and tenants, in order to prevent homelessness.
Another commented that Reading Borough Council was providing an important service, saying: “It’s been a very informative evening, especially the Fire Safety and Section 21 Notice seminars. As a young landlord, all information is important and useful but most other letting agents and landlords are unwilling to give advice.”
Any landlords interested in finding out more about the Rent Guarantee Scheme can visit: http://www.reading.gov.uk/rgs, email email@example.com or call (0118) 937 2233.