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Strategic Housing Month: Strategies for PRS housing

  • Type HQN Event (Virtual)
  • Venue Virtual workshop
  • Start 20 Apr 2021 10:30
  • End 20 Apr 2021 12:30


Strategic Housing Month: Strategies for PRS housing

Part of Strategic Housing Month

Virtual Workshop

What are the prospects for the private rented sector as the market adjusts to measures to deal with the pandemic? How will landlords react to the changes and what will it mean for tenants?

The Covid crisis has led to a sharp rise in rent arrears and despite the ban on evictions and the breathing space scheme, prospects for private renters are uncertain. A delay to the Renters Reform Bill and the proposed abolition of section 21 orders, further muddies the water. This session will look at the way forward for local authority PRS teams, focusing on what we can expect in the next 12 months in terms of government policy and action on the ground. As well as local authority PRS teams this will be of interest to all registered providers with PRS initiatives.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Chair: Roger Jarman, HQN associate and former Head of Housing at the Audit Commission
  • Keynote speaker: Elly Shepherd, Strategic Lead, Housing and Planning, London Councils
  • Emma Lindley, Housing Strategy Lead Officer, Ashfield District Council and HQN associate
  • Tim Brown, Senior Research Associate in Housing and Local Government in the Department of Politics and Public Policy and HQN associate
  • Denise Gandy, Executive Director of Housing Demand, Homes for Haringey and Beverley Faulkner, Head of Housing Needs, Homes for Haringey
  • John Stewart, Deputy Director for Policy and Research, NRLA
  • Beverley Faulkner, Head of Housing Needs, Homes for Haringey.

Hear what our speaker's think: 

"It is now 10 years since the build-to rent sector started to emerge in England to a welcome chorus for tapping into new funding opportunities and filling a gap in the housing market. Politicians however, have generally been far too optimistic about the growth prospects for this new sector which is still an immature market. Nevertheless, this decade may well see growing maturity that will involve a rationalisation of providers and managing agents.

This has implications for the role of councils and housing associations. Should they be facilitators for build-to rent schemes and / or partners in joint vehicles? Are there opportunities for direct provision and / or management? Alternatively, should they avoid engagement with build-to-rent?" – Tim Brown, HQN associate

Other sessions for the Strategic workshops will include:

Thursday 15 April 10.30am–13.00pm – The state of the nation – prospects for housing, local authorities and the outlook for the wider UK economy

Monday 19 April 10.30am–12.30pm – Delivering more homes through partnership working

Wednesday 21 April 10.30am–12.30pm – Strategic thinking in turbulent times

Wednesday 21 April 1.30pm–3pm – Planning White Paper update

Thursday 22 April 10.30am–12pm – Improving the relationship between health and housing

Friday 23 April 10.00am12pm  Moving away from choice-based lettings and improving the customer experience

Friday 23 April 1.30pm–3.30pm – New approaches to tackling homelessness

Tuesday 27 April 10.30am–12pm – The journey to zero carbon

Friday 30 April 10.30am–12pm – The Strategic Housing Unconference

Tuesday 8 June 10.30am–12pm – Mayoral elections and future of city/sub-regions

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