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Redbridge Council calls on landlords to get clued-up on policy changes

PUBLISHED: 16:38 07 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:03 07 September 2018

Cllr Farah Hussain, cabinet member for housing, and council leader Cllr Jas Athwal attended the formal launch of Redbridge Council's property licensing scheme. Photo: Redbridge Council.

Cllr Farah Hussain, cabinet member for housing, and council leader Cllr Jas Athwal attended the formal launch of Redbridge Council's property licensing scheme. Photo: Redbridge Council.

James Burns

Landlords are being called on to get clued-up about a slew of new policies which will see the council issue severe penalties for housing offences.

Redbridge Council is holding a Landlord Forum where landlords, agents and housing providers can learn about the latest laws and regulations at Redbridge Central Library, in Clements Road, on Wednesday, 12 September at 6pm.

The changes include the extension of a mandatory licensing scheme for Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMOs) across the much of the borough from October 1.

The council will also gain the power to impose severe financial penalties for housing breaches

Cllr Farah Hussain, Cabinet Member for Housing and Homelessness, said: “We want to tell landlords about these changes and most importantly help them prepare for them.

“The Landlord Forum is a great event that brings landlords together to network and helps them to understand policy changes.”

Richard Blanco, the London representative of the National Landlords Association, will talk about how landlords may operate in the future including the possible impact of Brexit

Also on the panel is Russell Moffatt, from licensing compny Metastreet, Ben Reeve-Lewis, from tenancy project Safer Renting, Chris Baker from property surveyors McDowalls.

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