Brent Council insists that it wants to build better relationships with private landlords after successfully winning close to 150 prosecution cases against rogue landlords, helping to raise more than £1m in fines.
To help build rapport and connect with landlords, the council held a special ‘landlord and investor’ event at the Brent Civic Centre in Wembley Park, north-west London, last week to discuss how to strengthen the private rented sector in Brent.
Around 200 landlords took part in the forum, offering them an opportunity to seek support and advice from experts in private housing services, licensing, housing needs, council tax issues and environmental services.
Cllr Eleanor Southwood, responsible for housing and welfare reform at Brent Council, commented: “We want to foster good relationships with private landlords and help them rent out decent accommodation to tenants in Brent in accordance with the law.
“We offer grants to landlords looking to convert commercial premises into much-needed housing in the borough and experts were on hand to answer any questions.”
The forum also acted as a reminder to landlords about the new licensing regulations in Brent, after the council extended its selective licensing scheme to Dudden Hill, Kensal Green, Kilburn, Mapesbury, Queen’s Park, Willesden Green and Wembley Central, ensuring that a borough wide selective licensing scheme is now in place.