A NEWLY created Landlords Association for the North East, supported by Sweeney Miller, is holding a meeting in Sunderland next month in the wake of a successful launch in May.
Guests who want to get involved with North East Landlords, which aims to bring together and support landlords across the region, can attend the meeting due to be held at Bede Tower in Burdon Road on Tuesday, July 3 at 5.30pm.
More than 100 guests attended the first meeting of North East Landlords, held at the NatWest offices in Broad Chare, Newcastle.
And the hope is the association will grow to become a big help and support to landlords as far north as Berwick and as far south as Bedale.
The new association is the brainchild of four separate businesses – solicitors Sweeney Miller, accountants Robson Laidler, mortgage advisers Approved Mortgages Solutions Ltd and Coversure Insurance Services Newcastle.
They are working with former National Landlords Association’s North East representatives Bruce Haagensen and Steve Johnson to engage with councils on behalf of members.
Paul Miller, of Sweeney Miller – whose Sunderland offices are a stone’s throw away from Bed Tower, gave a well-received talk on current legal issues in conveyancing at the opening meeting.
He told the Echo: “We’re trying to create an organisation that has all the benefits of a national association but with a local presence so it can do things like engaging with all 13 local councils on behalf of landlords.
“That way, we would look to help inform local authority policy, support their engagement with the private rented sector and improve housing on offer.
“North East Landlords will do that exactly that, run by local people and meeting the needs of all private landlords from the Border to North Yorkshire, however it will also have a national presence as it will be affiliated to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA).
“We plan to hold regular meetings throughout the area, both north and south of the Tyne where there is demand from landlords and it was great to get the launch off to a flying start with such a successful event.
”Now we want to follow that up in Sunderland, providing a regular forum for investors buying residential and commercial properties to talk about the various trends and opportunities in their areas. “
Surbhi Vedhara, of Sweeney Miller, who was instrumental in the creation of the association said: “Our intention is to make the meetings informative and useful with trade stands at each meeting providing information for landlords, refreshments and topics relevant and interesting to private sector landlords.
“We also would like to engage with all the Local Authorities in the North East to represent the views of the private rental sector and ensure a good working relationship.”
Bruce Haagensen said “It is important for the private rented sector to have a voice with the aim of balancing safeguards for tenants’ interests and setting the right conditions to enable the sector to contribute fully to the provision of good quality, well-managed housing.
As well as Paul Miller’s talk, the first meeting heard how the Residential Landlords Association have expressed their support for the new organisation, a brief discussion on the lending market currently and an update on national and local issues.
For anyone wanting to go to the Bede Tower meeting next month, the link to get tickets is: