Many will not know it, but there is a 'googlegroup' for Havant landlords and PDPLA committee member, Allan Wadsworth suggested to this community that they get together and meet in person.
The meeting took place on April 15th and was well attended for an inaugural meeting with good input and discussion with Julie Watson Cowen of Havant Borough Council. The minutes of the meeting are shared here for information - any landlords interested in joining, please let Allan know - contact details below...
Two facts that were new for some of the attendees were that Havant Borough own no property of their own now and also, that council tax is now payable from the day a property becomes empty in the borough.
Minutes of HAVANT LANDLORDS' MEETING - WEDNESDAY 15 APRIL AT WHEELWRIGHTS PUB, HAVANT
Wow what a great meeting and it was so good to see so many landlords present. Thank you Frank for raising the issue of what had happened to the group and Konrad for suggesting the Wheelwrights pub who provided a lovely room for the price of a drink!
Allan was chairing the meeting with Jane "offering" to take notes!! Jane suggests that each month somebody new offers to take notes.
The meeting formally commenced at 6.45pm with each landlord introducing themselves outlining their property experiences and what they hoped to gain from the group.
As we went round the table it became apparent that the majority of the landlords had a maximum of no more than 5 properties with half not looking to increase their portfolio and the other half looking at future opportunities to expand.
What landlords were looking for from the landlords' group
*sharing expertise and knowledge
*understand Havant Borough Council rules as opposed to Portsmouth City Council
*keep up to date with what the housing department at HBC wanted from landlords
*bounce ideas off an interested group of people
*properties that landlords might be wishing to sell if downsizing their portfolio
*share names of tenants to avoid
Havant Borough Council - Julie Watson Cowen
Julie has worked on the Supported Tenancy Scheme at HBC which offers a £500 damage bond to landlords as well as introducing a prospective tenant who will be on the local housing allowance (lha) to a landlord. There were plenty of horror stories over tenants who had left properties in a mess and it was felt that £500 was too low to compensate for damage. Julie took a bit of a battering but it was hopefully offered in a constructive manner. It was suggested that we held a separate meeting at HBC offices which would enable a full and frank discussion to take place between staff and landlords to try to ensure that landlords and HBC can work together in a constructive manner. It would also be good to meet staff in the Housing need as well as Housing benefit sections. Julie will suggest dates for this
Future topics to be discussed at landlords' meeting
*what are rules around access to properties if tenant appears to have disappeared
*National landlords representative for local area to attend meeting
*Reposession story - Carole invited to present
*Sheriffs office to attend to talk about section 21 process
It was proposed that for the next 3 months the meetings would be monthly (3rd Weds of month) and be held at the Wheelwrights pub. After that we would see what the group wanted to do - next one 20 May at 6.30pm (room already booked)
Allan co runs the Hampshire Property meet which meets monthly on the second Wednesday of the month at 7-7:30pm in the Queens head Pub, Titchfield, PO14 4AQ. - All welcome - First visit is free.
Troubled families group - Tim is the Havant contact for any landlords who may have families in their properties who need a little extra support. See link below for more information
Martin (was with Jackie) works in a refuse advisory role for HBC and may be a useful contact for any landlord who would like to talk about rubbish collection/additional bins! Martin can you give your contact details to group
Have a great month and look forward to seeing you all in May
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