LB Harrow have held a conference for private landlords to boost the private rented housing sector.
The conference was held by the council’s Help2Let team, which has already matched over 200 local families with quality private sector accommodation.
Around 70 landlords attended the event which gave advice and information on environmental health, landlord’s rights and responsibilities, grants available, energy efficiency and an update on housing benefit changes and universal credit.
Portfolio holder for housing, Cllr Bob Currie said: “With major pressure on housing services, the private rented sector has become more important than ever. We are working with landlords in Harrow to create more choice for our residents. By supporting and boosting this sector, we can also work to drive up standards in the rental market. We are building up a database of available, decent properties in the area as a way of bridging the gap between supply and demand for housing.”
Those who attended the conference also found out about the council’s new property management service package. The new service provides tenant finding, management and inspection of premises, guaranteed rent, even when empty, and payments to landlords three months in advance.
Help2Let has recently extended its service and they can now work with landlords throughout London, South East and the Midlands.