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An event to show how responsible private landlords can help to improve local communities is to be held in Manchester next week.

Manchester City Council has asked Andy Thompson, residential auction valuer at SDL Auctions North West, to front the Gorton and Abbey Hey private landlords’ forum on Tuesday 4 July.

The event will explain how good private landlords who maintain properties properly can improve tenants’ daily lives, bringing positive benefits to entire neighbourhoods.

Mr Thompson said: “In my opinion, giving tenants proper places to live and bring up their kids is not only the right thing to do morally, but it also makes commercial sense for a landlord.

“I’ve seen many examples where properly run buy-to-let properties have resulted in fewer problems with neighbours, fewer missed payments and tenants remaining for longer.”

The event, with additional presentations from One Manchester and Adactus Housing Associations, coincides with a new TV series highlighting bad landlords called  ‘The Week the Landlords Moved In’. This runs at 9pm on BBC1 every Wednesday until the end of July.

The city council asked him to set up the private landlords’ event as part of a wider project he’s been working on with them and other organisations to help improve the area’s potential.

Mr Thompson said: “Gorton and Abbey Hey are extremely popular parts of Manchester, however they have their social and environmental challenges too and I think it’s important that everyone plays their part in helping to improve things.”

He added that the event will also give private landlords in Gorton and Abbey Hey the chance to raise any concerns or observations they have with the city council.

The Gorton and Abbey Hey private landlords’ forum runs from 7pm until 9pm at Gorton Community Centre, 543 Abbey Hey Lane, Manchester. For more details call Andy Thompson on 07530 704234.

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