A senior councillor is urging private landlords to sign up to a forum so they don’t fall foul of the law.
Councillor Jeremy Pert, Cabinet Member for Communities at Stafford Borough Council, made the call after a landlord was hit with a £14,000 bill having been found guilty of failing to maintain a property he was renting out.
The Borough Council runs regular free forums for landlords to come together and exchange information and the next one has been set for 7 September from 6-8pm.
The forums include speakers on a range of housing related issues and even if landlords are unable to attend they can still receive regular housing updates through free landlord newsletters.
Councillor Pert said: “I would urge every landlord to consider joining the landlords’ forum. It is important to keep up to date with legislation and changes to housing regulations for the benefit of the tenants in the Borough.
“There are some very good landlords that work with us to ensure the accommodation they provide is of the highest standard and thankfully prosecutions against landlords are rare.
“But as the private rented sector is a growing and important part of our community it is more important than ever that landlords make sure they’re aware of their legal obligations.”
Calvin Wong was found guilty in his absence at Burton upon Trent Magistrates Court of charges including failing to fit a suitable fire detection system at 18 Marston Grove, Stafford, as well as failing to keep the property in good condition and not obtaining a licence from the Borough Council.
Wong, of Rosewood House, Vauxhall Grove, London, was handed a fine, costs and victim surcharge totalling £14,202.38.
Landlords who would like information about future landlords’ forums should contact Hayley Smith on 01785 619554 or visit www.staffordbc.gov.uk/landlord-forum for more information.
To sign up to receive forum invitations and copies of newsletters email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tenants who have concerns about the condition of their property can contact the Health and Housing Team on 01785 619000 or for more information visit www.staffordbc.gov.uk/housing