Category Archives: Landlord forum

Next landlord forum announced . . .

Landlord Forum - July 2019

The next Sandwell landlord Forum will be on 10th July. This will include some important updates for you on tax, the tenant fee ban and Universal Credit. It’s also your chance to network with other landlords and meet some of the council officers you deal with.

We hope to see you there.


Landlord forum . . . Agenda

Landlord Forum Agenda

We now have the agenda for our next landlord forum. Just to remind you of the details, its:

Tuesday – 12th February 2019
Mencap Social Club
Price Street – B66 3QR

It’s a short agenda, but there will be some important subjects covered by our first speaker. Don Robbie of the National Landlords Association will be talking about upcoming legal and regulatory changes in private housing. That might sound dull, but there’s a lot happening at the moment that landlords need to know. If you haven’t heard Don speak before, he certainly knows his stuff and is always worth listening too. Don will also be covering changes in tax for landlords. Not a fun subject but something most landlords do need to understand.
So here’s the agenda:

1. Don Robbie – National Landlords Association – Upcoming changes in the law for landlords
2. Don Robbie – Tax!
3. Oliver Wright – Revenues and Benefits – Universal Credit and benefits update
4. Dan Grimshaw from LOCALPAD – RentWellInSandwell.

We very much hope to see you there.


A double post . . . If your tenant is on Universal Credit – read this now & Last call for landlord forum on Friday


If you already have a tenant who gets Universal Credit (UC), here’s something you need to know. .

It’s fiddly but important, so please bear with me.

The DWP stopped taking new claims for UC for most people in Sandwell several months ago – meaning that people who need help with their rent –still have to claim Housing Benefit. However – in November, the DWP will be introducing what’s called ‘Full Service’ UC to Sandwell and all applicants will need to claim UC with new claims for HB no longer being accepted (although there will be some minor exceptions)..

There are though, quite a large block of people in Sandwell who due to being in various special categories are actually on UC already. Their claims are dealt with under something called ‘Live Service’ UC which is a different administrative set-up from Full Service. Come this November – anyone on Live Service will have their UC cancelled and they will need to reapply for ‘Full Service’ UC..

Affected tenants will be notified by the DWP of any action they need to take and they will normally be invited to attend an interview at the Job Centre.

It is essential that they comply with any request that the DWP or Job Centre make. They must answer any letter or communication they receive and if asked to go to an interview –they must turn up. Failure to do so can mean that their UC claim will be cancelled.

We know from neighbouring authorities who are further along in this process than Sandwell, that unfortunately, a number of UC claimants (for whatever reason) are not doing what they need to do. This means that their UC is being cancelled, including the money to pay their rent.

So to put all of the above as simply as possible – make sure your tenant understands that if they get any communication from the DWP – THEY MUST DEAL WITH IT – or they can lose their benefit and their rent money.

If they get something they are not sure about – don’t leave it. Ring the phone number on the letter or just make sure they speak to someone.

And this neatly links to my next subject. If you have got any queries about UC and rent money and what UC means for landlords, – come to our landlord forum tomorrow where we will have experts form the DWP to answer your questions. (And of course we will be looking at a range of other landlord issues). If you didn’t see our last blog – we have had a last minute change of venue – the forum will be:

2.00 pm to 4.30 pm
Smethwick Mencap Club
Price Street
Smethwick B66 3QR

Its FREE admission, FREE parking and best of all, FREE biscuits.

Hope to see you there.







If you’re coming to our landlord forum . .

Urgent Update

If you’re coming to our landlord forum on Friday this week – it’s still taking place at 2.00 pm – but due to unforeseen circumstances that are beyond our control – we have had to make a last minute change of venue.

It’s now happening at:
Smethwick Mencap Club
Price St, Smethwick
B66 3QR.

It’s the same time 2.00 till 4.30 and as we have posted earlier – we understand that some people might need to leave early. That’s absolutely fine – we will be very glad to see you, even if you can’t stay till the end. The other important thing to tell you is that we will have free parking at the event and the bit I love, FREE BISCUITS

Essential Information

The venue will be different – but we will still be covering the same list of important subjects, so we please do try and make it.

See you on Friday