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Regional conference … Just a few places left

Conference 2017

There are still just a few places left for the West Midlands Private Landlord and letting Agent Conference. If you are interested in attending this excellent and free event – grab your chance now as we expect the last tickets to be snapped up quickly. Click here to book your a place.

 
Look forward to seeing you there.

 
Oliver

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Looking for a tenant?

Apologies for the short notice but our friends at Brushstrokes; the charity which supports migrants is holding another event this Wednesday to look at housing issues for migrants. Landlords and migrants looking for a home are very welcome to attend.

 
I’ve been to the last two events and at both of them – Brushstrokes have been able to link up tenants who need landlords with landlords who need tenants!

 
So if you have an empty property you want filling – or are interested in how housing issues affect some of our different communities, please come along.

 
And I’m not sure about whether this counts as an attraction or not – but both myself and your other blog editor Liz Mooney (an expert in just about anything in the private renting field) will be there. So we can answer (or try to) any questions you might have on benefit changes and the various issues currently affecting landlords.

 
It’s at 5.00 pm this Wednesday 27th September.

 
The full address for the event is:
Brushstrokes Community Project, St Philips Parish Centre
Watt Street, Smethwick, B66 3DA, Tel: 0121 565 2234 – contact Megan if you have any queries in advance.

 
Hope to see you there.

 
Oliver.

Tax (again). Will it affect availability of housing for private tenants?

Tax

Sorry to be repetitive, but myself and Liz (your other blog editor) are still finding landlords who have no idea of how recent tax changes might affect them. Particularly the changes on how tax relief on mortgage interest is gradually being removed. We have been raising the issue, both on the blog and at landlord forums since it was first announced but even some of the landlords we are in regular contact with seem to have let this pass them by.

 
The impact of the changes is potentially massive. Some landlords could have all their profit wiped out on buy-to-let properties. Meaning they decide to sell up and quit the market so that less rental accommodation is available for those who need it. Something that advice workers and social housing providers might need to be aware of as there could be a knock-on demand for their services.

 
If you are not already familiar with how you could be affected – please make it your priority to find out now. Firstly – for some of the basics about landlords and tax – if you are new to the whole subject are here gov.uk / landlords and tax. Then this page has some more detailed information about how the changes will actually work and how landlords will gradually start to lose tax relief on mortgage interest in a phased change over four years.

 

Stats Table

Most of the landlord advice websites cover this subject and if you google, you can also find some useful online calculators. It’s a complex subject so please get yourself informed before you get too nasty a surprise from the taxman.

 
Oliver

Do you have an empty house in either Wednesbury or West Bromwich that you need a tenant for?

Empty House

Mandy Amos from our Housing Options team is urgently looking for a
• A three or four bedroom family house in Wednesbury
And
• A three or four bedroom house in or near West Bromwich, with a downstairs bathroom for a family with a disabled member.

 
If you think you can help please contact Mandy on mandy_amos@sandwell.gov.uk

 
Thanks very much

 
Oliver