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A new deal for renters? Developing, managing and regulating PRS homes


A new deal for renters? Developing, managing and regulating PRS homes

Through its New Deal for Renting, the government has promised a 'generational change' to the laws affecting the private rented sector and a pledge to deliver a 'fair and balanced' relationship between landlord and tenants.

But while the proposed changes to legislation are welcome, genuine change can only be delivered on the ground – and that means building more homes for rent, improving the quality of PRS housing, cracking down on poor landlords and ensuring rents are kept affordable.

The success of the private rented sector is in everybody's interest. It is now the second largest housing tenure in England, made up of 4.5m households. It is also home to an increasingly diverse range of people, with growing numbers of families and people aged over 55.

Building homes for market rent is big business. Institutional investors have taken advantage of the government's Build to Rent scheme. 2019 has already seen 32,000 BTR homes completed, a 34% increase on last year, with a further 74,000 at the planning stage. But these homes are primarily aimed at the top end of the market, with the majority being built in big cities like London and Manchester.

PRS rents continue to rise, meanwhile, with the ONS reporting a 7% increase across the UK since January 2015. Part of the problem is that the number of homes for market rent is falling and demand is outstripping supply in many parts of the country.

The quality of many properties remains an issue but the Homes (Fitness for Habitation) Act could soon become a gamechanger.

And while housing associations continue to play a key role in building affordable homes, with some notable exceptions they remain largely absent when it comes to supplying quality homes in the private rented sector.

At this one-day conference, HQN is bringing together key players to deliver their verdict on the current state of the PRS, its future direction and their own recommendations to change things for the better.

Key themes include:

  • A New Deal for Renters – what the changes will mean
  • Shaping the future of the PRS – developing and managing market rent homes
  • The effectiveness of selective licensing and the enforcement role of local authorities
  • The impact of the Homes (Fitness for Habitation) Act
  • PRS regulation – opportunities and obstacles
  • Making the PRS work for local authorities in preventing homelessness
  • The role of housing associations in the private rented sector.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Emma Lindley, Associate, HQN
  • Dan Wilson Craw, Director, Generation Rent
  • Scott Lawrence, author of the MHCLG-commissioned Independent Review of the Use and Effectiveness of Selective Licensing
  • John Stewart, Policy Manager, Residential Landlords Association
  • John Bibby, Policy Manager, Shelter
  • Paul Gerrard, ForLiving Director, ForViva.

Session overviews:

John Bibby from Shelter will discuss what PRS regulation may look like in 10 years' time and what may be the implications, including; securing tenure, rent control, and broader regulation.

Scott Lawrence's session 'Research into the effectiveness of selective licensing' will cover an overview of selective licensing, key mechanisms through which licensing can lead to positive change, and the commonalities of effective schemes. Scott will also look at the issues compromising its effectiveness and moving forward.

John Stewart from Residential Landlords Association session '10 things I hate about you! Improving relationships with your private rented sector', will review how the relationship between local authorities, landlords, and agents is often characterised by mistrust at best, and outright hositiliy at its worse. Building on the RLA’s research and knowledge of members, this session will explore practical ways to build trust and improve relationships between the providers of private rented housing and local authorities. 

Dan Wilson Craw's session 'Generation rent: Rebalancing the power in the private rented sector will include the following:

  • Recent legislation – Tenant Fees Act, Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act
  • Upcoming changes – abolition of Section 21 evictions, landlord regulation
  • Issues on the horizon – bringing down rents, enforcement capacity of local councils, General Election
  • Growth of private renters movement.
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Delegate fees:
Full price: £289.00 *
Members of any HQN network: £209.00 *

Early bird non members only£259.00 *

Early bird pricing ends on 17 September 2019. 

* Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

Registration will start 30 minutes before the first session and refreshments will be available.

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