Forum launched for renters’ rights

People renting privately in north Oxfordshire will be learning more about their rights at a new forum being run by Cherwell District Council in Banbury.

Published: Tuesday, 5th November 2019

Over 14,600 homes in the district are rented out by private landlords. “Can my landlord increase my rent?” and “what if my landlord is refusing to carry out repairs?” are among the questions that the event will be answering.

Taking place on 12 November, the forum is a friendly and informal drop-in session. Experts in tenants’ rights, housing standards and landlord responsibilities will all be on hand.

Gillian Douglas, Cherwell’s assistant director for housing, said: “Knowing your rights and having a relationship with your landlord can make a huge difference when you are renting your home.

“The state of that home, what to expect from the landlord, and how to seek help when things go wrong are all hot topics which we’ll be addressing. We would rather renters came to us for advice at the earliest opportunity rather than letting their worries build up and reach crisis point. That’s why we are running this event, and I hope people will leave it feeling better informed about their rights and the help that is available”.

Letting fees are high on the list of priorities for renters in north Oxfordshire. Since the Tenant Fees Act 2019 banned many letting fees, the council has been working to raise awareness among local letting agents, and tens of thousands of pounds have been refunded to tenants.

The tenants forum will take place on 12 November 2019 at Waitrose Community Room, Southam Road, Banbury, OX16 2FW. It will run from 5.30pm to 7pm. Free parking is available on site.

For further details about the event and to confirm attendance, please call the council’s tenancy relations officer on 01295 227961, or email tanya.constable@cherwell-dc.gov.uk