Uttlesford’s landlords urged to attend forum meeting to find out more about renting out property

Uttlesford District Council's offices

Uttlesford District Council's offices - Credit: Archant

THERE is a chronic shortage of affordable, rented homes in the Uttlesford district and more are always needed.

Uttlesford District Council is encouraging all landlords to attend its annual private sector landlord forum to find out more about how they can help.

This free event, which takes place on Wednesday September 11 from 7.30–9.30pm in the Council Chamber at the Council Offices in London Road, Saffron Walden, is open to existing and prospective private sector landlords within the district.

It will include policy briefings and updates on the council’s Landlord Accreditation Scheme, recent benefits changes and the Empty Homes Project.

Stephanie Baxter, the council’s housing enabling officer, who is organising the event, said: “All landlords are welcome to come along. Even if you have a property that has fallen into disrepair, there may be a scheme or event grants available for you to bring it back into use.

“Delivering homes for households on low and average income in the current climate presents both challenges and opportunities, which the council is keen to explore through partnership working.”

Mrs Baxter added: “Empty homes are a wasted resource so do come along and find out how you can help turn them into a home for someone currently waiting on our register.”

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The evening will look at the economic, political and policy changes being implemented as well as providing delegates with an opportunity to speak to benefit and housing officers about the recent benefit changes.

For further information or to book a place, e-mail Stephanie Baxter at sbaxter@uttlesford.gov.uk or call her on 01799 510 633.