Southampton renters can learn to navigate the “challenging” rental market.
It comes following the announcement of a “Renters’ Roadshow” which kicks off next week.
Southampton City Council will be organising the series of free events which will offer specialist advice and support.
The first event will take place on Tuesday, February 18 at The Spark, Southampton Solent University, East Park Terrace and run from from 6pm to 8pm.
The next event will be at October Books Portswood on Wednesday, March 4 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
More events will be announced via the city council website.
They will cover topics including “knowing your rights”, self-inspecting properties, trading standards, Benefit entitlement, Dealing with rent arrears, efficient home heating and homelessness.
Attending the events there will be representatives from Southern Water, the Landlords’ Association, Generation Rent, The Environment Centre, CitizEn Energy, iHowz and Southampton City Council Trading Standards
Commenting on the event Cllr Satvir Kaur, Cabinet Member for Homes and Culture, said: “We want to ensure everyone in Southampton has a good quality home. Too many young people and families are being forced to live in poor condition households, which can affect their health and wellbeing, education and employment.
“One major factor in this is problems with privately rented accommodation. This can be for a number of reasons such as irresponsible landlords, tenants not knowing their rights or just not being aware of the help and support available. That’s why we’re delivering on our manifesto commitment with a renters forum and bringing together a range of partners under one roof to help people rent with confidence.
“This is really important work that goes hand in hand with the whole range of projects we’re delivering to improve housing conditions for all, from cracking down on rogue landlords to our work with the Environment Centre on tackling fuel poverty.”
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