Roadshow to Provide Private Renters and Landlords with Advice 

A ROADSHOW giving advice and information to private tenants and landlords will be travelling around the borough during Private Sector Housing Action Week.

Members of the Council’s Private Sector Housing Team will be visiting five locations on the One Stop Bus from Monday 2nd October to raise awareness of the rights and obligations of both landlords and tenants.

The tour will also involve representatives of other Council services, external agencies, a team highlighting the dangers of illegal money lending and Berkshire Credit Union.

The Private Sector Housing Roadshow will call at:

Monday 2nd October – Communicare (to the side of Wycliffe Baptist Church in King’s Road)

Tuesday 3rd October – Morrison’s supermarket in Basingstoke Road

Wednesday 4th October – Reading University Campus

Thursday 5th October – Tesco Extra, Portman Road

Friday 6th October – Broad Street, Reading Town Centre (outside M&S)

Officers will be on-board the One Stop Bus between 10.30am – 3pm each day to talk about any issues individuals may have with their private rented properties, such as waste or nuisance problems.

The Private Sector Housing Team also aims to carry out surveys of three to four streets in the areas where they are located on 2nd, 3rd and 5th October. These will involve some external surveys of properties and knocking on doors to ask tenants some basic questions around repairs, waste and nuisance issues.

On some of the dates, representatives of Berkshire Credit Union will be promoting their current campaign for Reading: ‘Save for October, November and December and get a New Year bonus.’ The first 50 Reading residents who join that week and save at least £10 for each month for three consecutive months will get £25 credited to their BCU account in January.

Cllr John Ennis, Reading’s Lead Councillor for Housing, said:

“The Council’s Private Sector Housing Team do a great job supporting private renters and ensuring landlords and agents are aware of their responsibilities.

“This roadshow will give private tenants and landlords a chance to talk to the team, and members of other Council areas, about issues affecting them.

“Visitors will also be able to get advice on related matters, including how to avoid falling victim to loan sharks.”

Notes to Editors

The £25 payment to eligible BCU accounts is funded from the Proceeds of Crime Act which seizes money from convicted criminals.