Landlords Forum

Supporting landlords

The Council is keen to work with and support landlords to create a good basis for Renting in East Staffordshire. One way we do this is by hosting Landlords Forums where you can tell us about the issues that concern you, hear from relevant and interesting speakers, and network with other local landlords and agents. The meetings are held about every 4 months and everyone is welcome.  To be notified of Landlords Forum dates and to receive occasional updates on issues affecting landlords, please contact and ask us to add your email address to our circulation list.

Subjects Covered at Past Forums

The following are examples of agenda items from previous forums.  Specialist speakers have made presentations to landlords on:-

  • Selective Licensing Proposal
  • Electrical Safety and Portable Appliance Testing
  • Avoiding Deposit Disputes
  • The Housing and Planning Act 2016
  • Universal Credit
  • Energy Best Deal
  • Changes to Tenancy Law
  • Fire Regulations
  • Managing Drug Problems
  • The Right to Rent
  • Tax issues for Landlords
  • National Landlords Association - News and Update
  • Open Forum
  • The Finances of Letting Property
  • Legionnaires Disease and legislation
  • Letting Agents Redress Scheme
  • Illegal Eviction and Harassment
  • Tenant Referencing
  • Inventories
  • The Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation
  • Legal Eviction and the Court Process

Housing Benefit

As a landlord, you can ask the council to pay a tenant's housing benefit to yourself (or your agent):

  • on grounds that the tenant is vulnerable
  • if the tenant is 2 months behind with rent
  • if you have reduced the rent to make it affordable to the tenant.

To make such a request complete the form and send it to Housing Benefits, East Staffordshire Borough Council, The Maltsters, Wetmore Road, Burton upon Trent, DE14 1LS.  For more information speak to housing benefits on 01283 508422

Universal Credit

Housing Benefit is gradually being replaced by Universal Credit which includes a Housing Cost Element where applicable.  Latest information about Universal Credit is available on the Government website at GOV.UK 

Contact us

If you wish to discuss any aspect of being a landlord the please contact our Landlord Relationship Manager:-

Tel (01283) 508149