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More than 400 private landlords and letting agents are expected to attend a special landlords Sandwell conference to make sure they’re up-to-date with latest information and legislation about the private-rental sector.

The third annual West Midlands Private Landlord and Letting Agents Conference takes place on Friday 2 October at Banks’s Stadium, Walsall.

Keynote speakers include Gerry Lyng from the Department of Work and Pensions, Mary Latham from the National Landlords Association and Lord Robert Best, chair of the Council of the Property Ombudsman.

David Cox, managing director of the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA), completes a high-profile line up.

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Landlords attending the free, full day conference will be able to attend a series of topical and business relevant workshops, including updates on Welfare Reform and how it affects landlords plus representatives from West Midlands Fire Service will be covering new fire safety requirements for rental properties.

Leader of Sandwell Council, Councillor Darren Cooper, said: “This is the third time this must-attend conference has been run for private landlords operating across the Black Country, Birmingham and Solihull.

“With more than 400 landlords attending, it’s the biggest yet.

“The programme has been developed to ensure that the latest information is being provided to landlords from the very best sources and we hope that landlords will value hearing about the expectations being placed on them.”

Landlords will also see the launch of a new mobile app ‘Check Before You Rent’ – everything you know when looking to rent a property.

It’s been created by the Homestamp Consortium, a partnership of West Midlands local authorities, fire authorities, police and landlords working together to provide a supply of good quality, safe and well-managed properties in the private rented sector.

The app contains three checklists which ask all the important questions tenants should be asking landlords when they are considering renting a home. If they feel the property is of concern, there is an option to report it to the local authority.

The app is available as a free download for both Apple and Android devices.

Lesley Williams, chair of the Homestamp Consortium, said: “More people than ever are renting property from private landlords. A huge amount of work has gone into producing this app, which we hope will help those people looking to rent a property and make sure they ask all the right questions.

“People can use the app as they go through the process of renting a property and the questions cover all legal aspects and requirements that need to be considered when viewing a property.”

Councillor Cooper, added: “It’s really important that people understand all the legal requirements placed on landlords and all the vital questions that should be asked prior to renting a property.”

The conference is being organised by the West Midlands Making Best Use of Stock (WMBUS) housing partnership which represents a number of local authorities and registered providers of housing.

To book a free place, email Androulla Moore on mooreandroulla@walsall.gov.uk

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