Staff from Birmingham City Councilâ€™s private rented services are catching the bus next week â€¦ to help tenants and landlords find out about the support thatâ€™s available to them.
Birmingham City Council cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr John Cotton, said: â€œIn line with the rest of the country, Birminghamâ€™s private rented sector has increased massively in recent years as people have struggled to take on mortgages.
â€œWe want to ensure that both tenants and landlords are up to speed with the legislation they need to comply with â€“ such as the governmentâ€™s new landlordsâ€™ right to rent checks – Â and support them if things go wrong.
â€œStockland Green, Sparkbrook and Soho have particularly high private rented sectors so our information bus will be calling there from Monday to Wednesday next week with specialist advisers on hand.â€
Aboard the bus staff will be on hand with information about:
- The governmentâ€™s new landlordsâ€™ right to rent checks which requires landlords to check the immigration status of prospective tenants (Birmingham is one of the pilot areas from 1 December)
- The empty properties team which has helped to bring more than 200 empty properties back into use since April this year
- Let to Birmingham, the West Midlandsâ€™ first social lettings agency, offering private landlords a wide range of services including let only, or full property management and matches them with suitable tenants and incentives
- Tenancy rights and obligations â€“ including successful prosecutions against landlords acting illegally
- The Letting Agents and Property Redress Scheme which deals with complaints made by tenants or landlords about agents
- Lettings agencies and property management
- The Tenancy Deposit Scheme which offers a free dispute resolution service for tenants and landlords
- Criminal prosecution cases against landlords who run or manage unlicensed multiple occupancy housing
- Fire safety in privately rented premises
- Unannounced visits to check for â€˜beds in shedsâ€™ and over-occupied premises
To find out more, visit the bus from 8.30am to 3.30pm at â€“
- Monday 10 November â€“ Stockland Green (Slade Road)
- Tuesday 11 November â€“ Sparkbrook (adjacent to Farm Road)
- Wednesday 12 November â€“ Soho (Summerfield Community Centre)
For further info, interviews and pics of before and after properties brought back into use by the Empty Properties Team, contact Debbie Harrison on 303 3446