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Cotswold talk-in for landlords of rented property

Cotswold housing landlords are meeting to discuss important changes in the rental sector later this month.

Changes to housing benefits and new rent deposit schemes will be on the agenda at the Cotswold Private Sector Landlords Forum in Cirencester on March 20th.

The Forum, hosted by Cotswold District Council, is a regular event that helps to keep landlords up to date with changes to housing law.

Its role is to support landlords and encourage them to work with the Council's Private Sector Housing Team to provide good quality accommodation in the District.

Specialist Environmental Health Officer Rachael Kayani said: "It's been an interesting year for private landlords and the Private Sector Housing team. Since Parts 1 and 2 of the Housing Act 2004 came into force last April we have all been busy getting familiar with a host of new legal requirements relating to risk ratings and licensing.

"However, landlords will not be allowed to sit back and relax in 2007 as further important changes are about to have an impact on the rental sector. A new system for keeping tenancy deposits will keep landlords on their toes this April and major changes to Housing Benefit payments are on the distant horizon for 2008."

The Forum has recently gained new steering group members to help make it more representative of the rental sector, with tenants invited onto the steering group by landlords for the first time so that their views can be heard.

The group also gained two new members from local lettings agents Moore Allen and Innocent and Perry, Bishop and Chambers to add to the core of dedicated local landlords who have worked over the years to ensure that the Forum continues to be successful in attracting interest from all those renting out residential property in the area.

Portfolio holder for Community Services, Cllr Sir Edward Horsfall said: "It is important that the Council listens to the views of all involved with letting accommodation in Cotswold District to ensure that new legal requirements are introduced appropriately.

"This is a time of much change in the rental sector and the Council needs to do all in its power to ensure that landlords, agents and tenants know what is expected. The new members of the Forum Steering Group will make a valuable contribution to ensuring that future Forum meetings reach as wide an audience as possible."

The Forum meets on Tuesday, March 20th at 2pm, at the Council Offices in Trinity Road, Cirencester. Any landlord interested in attending should contact Rachael Kayani on 01285 623429.

Posted : 07/03/2007 11:09:59

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