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Opportunity knocks? Shaping a new private rented sector

More than four million households now rent their home from a private landlord; nearly twice as many as 10 years ago. But with the Council of Mortgage Lenders forecasting a substantial drop in the number of buy-to-let landlords in the coming years - how is the private rented sector going to keep up with ever-increasing demand?

The PRS desperately needs new players to step forward but until now housing associations have been slow to embrace the sector and institutional investment continues to be directed at the top end of the market.

With the country crying out for thousands more decent quality homes for renters, now is the time to seize the opportunity and come up with genuine solutions.

During April and May, HQN will explore the direction of travel for the private rented sector and the role housing associations and local authorities can play.

These one-day seminars in Manchester and London will be chaired by HQN's PRS expert, former Head of Housing at the Audit Commission Roger Jarman, and feature a top line-up of speakers.

Event background

The government is acutely aware of the need to take action to increase the quantity and quality of homes in the PRS. The Housing White Paper makes some key commitments to privately renting households including steps to promote longer tenancies while a consultation has been launched on how to make the Build to Rent programme more effective.

But this will take time. Meanwhile, the continuing lack of affordable housing is forcing more and more people to live in PRS homes that are both costly and of variable quality, often placed there by local authorities because they have no choice.

Sessions include:

  • Direction of travel - where the PRS is going in the next five years
  • The role of housing associations in the private rented sector
  • PRS measures in the White Paper and the Housing and Planning Act
  • Build to Rent
  • Licensing and regulation
  • Making the PRS work for local authorities in preventing homelessness

Confirmed speakers:


  • Ian Fletcher, Director of Policy (Real Estate), British Property Federation
  • Harry Downes, Managing Director, Fizzy Living
  • Russell Moffatt, Private Housing Team Manager, Newham Council
  • David Smith, Director of Policy, Residential Landlords Association
  • Richard Tacagni, Managing Director, London Property Licensing
  • Helen Brzozowski, Managing Director, Arc4
  • Adam Tinson, Senior Researcher, New Policy Institute
  • Ciaran O'Shea, Director of Business Development, Mears Housing Management.


  • Stephen Haigh, Executive Director of Specialist Housing, Your Housing Group
  • David Smith, Director of Policy, Residential Landlords Association
  • Paul Winstanley, Build to Rent analyst, Allsop
  • Helen Brzozowski, Managing Director, Arc4
  • Ciaran O'Shea, Director of Business Development, Mears Housing Management
  • Clare Jackson, Private Sector Housing Manager, and Paul Gatrell, Head of Housing and Development Control, Burnley Borough Council.

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