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Private landlords urged to attend conference

Published 26th September 2017

More than 600 private landlords and letting agents are expected to attend a special conference to make sure they are up-to-date with the latest information and legislation about the private-rental sector.

The fifth annual West Midlands Private Landlords and Letting Agents Conference takes place on Friday 6 October at Banks’s Stadium, Walsall.

Landlords attending the free, full day conference can attend a series of topical and business relevant workshops.

Keynote speakers will include David Cox, chief executive of the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) giving an update on new legislation in the sector; as well as an overview of the private rented sector going forward by Richard Lambert, chief executive of the National Landlords Association.

A representative from West Midlands Police will talk about Modern Day Slavery and a speaker from the Department for Communities and Local Government will give a Government Overview on the sector.

Other speakers featured are: Mary Latham, the West Midlands regional representative of the National Landlords Association and Jean Templeton, chair of the West Midlands Homeless Task Force along with Paul Shamplina from Channel Five’s ‘Nightmare Tenants’.

The conference is being organised by the National Landlords Association and Sandwell Council.

Councillor Kerrie Carmichael, Sandwell’s cabinet member for housing, said: “This is the fifth time this must-attend conference has been organised for private landlords operating across the Black Country and Solihull.

“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.

"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."

Any landlords wanting to attend can register using EventBrite.