Landlords gather at county forum

From left, Philip Soderquest, head of housing at Northumberland County Council; Les Brown, Jacksons Law; Landlord Noreen Cowings; Richard Lambert, NLA; Bruce Haagerson, NLA; Peter Miller, Miller Wallace Residential; Landlord Rosemary Robson; Esther Blakelock, Landlord Tap; Victoria Bishop, Robson Laidler; Nick Huston.
From left, Philip Soderquest, head of housing at Northumberland County Council; Les Brown, Jacksons Law; Landlord Noreen Cowings; Richard Lambert, NLA; Bruce Haagerson, NLA; Peter Miller, Miller Wallace Residential; Landlord Rosemary Robson; Esther Blakelock, Landlord Tap; Victoria Bishop, Robson Laidler; Nick Huston.

Landlords and agents from around Northumberland gathered at an annual forum organised by Northumberland County Council.

Almost 100 landlords attended the event, now in its seventh year, at Morpeth Rugby Club last Thursday.

The free event showed landlords what services the council can offer, updated them on any new legislation and highlighted any industry issues.

Topics this year included updates on the latest legislation, Universal Credit and fuel poverty and energy efficiency.There were also a number of traders exhibiting at the forum, including Northumbrian Water, Envirovent and Jacksons Law.

Coun John Riddle, cabinet member for housing, said: “It was great to see so many landlords coming together to share best practice and find out more about what the council can offer them.

“By working closely with private landlords, the council can ensure that communities across the county are getting the service they should.”