A year and a half after the publication of the white paper, ‘A Fairer Private Rented Sector’, robust progress has been made. However, concerns continue to be raised about the condition of significant swathes of privately rented housing stock, as well as the treatment of tenants and the behaviour of a minority of landlords. It is more imperative than ever that public sector organisations operating in this field share best practice, vigorously enforce regulations and productively engage with landlords to ensure that the private rented sector continues to become an even fairer and safer place for people to live.

  • The private rented sector in England accounts for 4.6 million or 19% of households (according to the English Housing Survey 2021-2022)
  • In 2020-21, 21% of homes in the private rented sector were deemed non-decent and 12% contained category 1 hazards (according to the Fifth Report of the Reforming the Private Rented Sector Committee)
  • At the same time, 81% of private renting tenants reported being satisfied with their accommodation (according to the 2021-22 English Housing Survey)
  • 16% of private rented households considered making a complaint over the course of the preceding 12 months (according to the same English Housing Survey

Join us at The Regulating the Private Rented Sector 2024: Ensuring Safe, Quality Housing for All to hear the latest updates and guidance from leading experts on creating a fairer and safer private rented sector. Engage with best practice case studies covering a range of topics including enforcing damp and mould regulations, improving the complaints procedure for tenants and partnership working to deliver holistic support. There will also be the opportunity to network with senior colleagues from across the sector to discuss strategies for engaging with tenants and landlords to access feedback and integrate their housing needs into policy interventions.

Why Attend:
Hear high-level keynotes on the latest national policies and initiatives to build a fairer private rented sector
Gain practical insights into engaging with both landlords and tenants, improving enforcement of legislation as well as preventing homelessness and tenancy sustainment
Engage with senior colleagues from across the sector to discuss strategies for stakeholder engagement
 Gain 8 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


  • Online Registration 

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks 

    Professor Peter Kemp, Professor of Public Policy, University of Oxford (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Creating a Fairer Private Rented Sector: Beyond the White Paper

    • How passage through the House of Commons affected the Renters (Reform) Bill
    • How the Bill might be enforced and who is responsible
    • Powers and penalties intended to secure a fairer rented sector
    • The role of the courts in empowering those responsible for enforcement
    • Overview of the role and intended powers of the upcoming Private Rented Sector Ombudsperson

    Dr. Nicholas Harrington, UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Engaging with Landlords and Tenants to Deliver High-Quality Housing

    • Developing a collaborative approach to engage landlords and tenants in the implementation and management of private renting regulations
    • Guidance for landlords to ensure compliance with legislation and proactively manage property conditions and tenant complaints
    • Key advice on incentivising landlord participation in local housing policy networks to access landlord perspectives and feedback
    • Collating and employing data through evaluation mechanisms to monitor the efficacy of housing interventions

    Chris Norris, Policy Director, National Residential Landlords Association (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Comfort Break 

  • Case Study: Working with Agents and Landlords in the Private Rented Sector to Improve Housing Provision

    Ruth Robertson, Acquisition Manager Temporary Accommodation and PRS and Kerry Salkeld, Early Intervention Coordinator – Private Rented Sector, Brighton and Hove City Council (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Implementing a Clear Private Rented Sector Strategy to Improve the Tenant and Landlord Experience

    • Ensuring policy-making is evidence and data-informed to allow changing conditions to be quickly integrated into PRS strategy
    • Insights into developing robust relationships with landlord and tenant networks and organisations to improve standards
    • Creating and communicating a clear strategy and vision for improving private renting to ensure a consistent and joined-up approach to the PRS
    • Adopting a multi-disciplinary approach: incorporating related efforts on tackling vacant properties and anti-social behaviour into an overall neighbourhood renewal programme

    Calum Davidson, Senior Policy Officer, Greater London Authority (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: How Combined Authorities Can Support Private Renting Enforcement

    • Overview of combined authority coverage, role and powers
    • Working with local authorities to identify cross-cutting challenges and designing solutions
    • Measures to tackle the enforcement skills shortage, including a trainee scheme and training programme for existing officers
    • Support for councils to make more use of existing powers, including discretionary licensing and financial penalties
    • Raising the profile of the problem, giving enforcement a louder voice

    John Bibby, Principal Housing Strategy (PRS), Greater Manchester Combined Authority (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers


    Lunch Break 

  • Keynote: How Property Agent Redress Schemes Can Support Private Renting Enforcement

    Sean Hooker, Head of Redress, Property Redress Scheme (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Supporting Renters at the Sharpest End of the Housing Crisis

    • Overview of latest research into the multiple disadvantages faced by marginalised tenants
    • Guidance on collaborating with local partners to share research and data on supporting renters in vulnerable situations
    • Liaising with local community networks to understand significant challenges to minority communities
    • Finding solutions by putting marginalised communities at the centre of campaigning

    Tilly Smith, Campaigns and Partnerships Officer, Generation Rent (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Breakout Networking: Engaging with Key Stakeholders To Identify Challenges and Progress in Local Housing Conditions

    This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the main challenges you face in engaging tenants and landlords to access their perspectives and feedback, as well as collecting data on emerging challenges in the private rented sector and the impacts of policy on your local situation.

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Ensuring Privately Rented Housing Stock is Safe and Fulfils Regulatory Obligations

    • Guidance on developing relationships with local landlords and encouraging uptake of the self-accreditation scheme
    • Employing DASH mechanisms to identify and reduce hazards without formal enforcement powers & assessing how successful this approach can be
    • Overview of common problems and challenges occurring in PRS properties for the non rogue landlord
    • Working with landlords to address faults post-inspection and develop a concise action plan to return to expected standards
    • The rise of the ‘Virtual Inspection’ as a tool to assessing PRS properties

    Linda Cobb OBE, DASH Services Manager, DASH Services/Derby City Council (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Clamping Down on Rogue Landlords: Creating a Robust Strategy to Support Tenant Rights

    Cllr Tom Renhard, Cabinet Member for Housing Delivery and Homelessness, Bristol City Council (CONFIRMED)

  • Question and Answers

  • Chair’s Closing Remarks

    *programme subject to change without notice

Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be people who work in the housing sector.

*This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


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