Overview
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

 

Agenda
  • Online Registration 

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks 

    Professor Tony Crook, Professor Emeritus of Town and Regional Planning, University of Sheffield (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Creating a Fairer Private Rented Sector: Progress and Challenges Since the White Paper

    • National policy changes and progress on the Fairer Private Rented Sector white paper
    • Guidance on accessing funding available for improving enforcement and regulation of housing conditions
    • Recommendations for improving enforcement methods and identification of sub-par housing conditions at a local level
    • Strategies for licensing HMO’s and ensuring adequate space is provided for tenants sharing communal facilities
    • Overview of the intended powers of and avenues for recourse to the upcoming Private Sector Ombudsman

    Senior Representative, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (Invited)

  • 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 Key Stakeholders in the Private Rented Sector to Improve Housing Policy and Provision

    • Co-producing a renter’s charters with private tenants to incorporate priorities and feedback into private sector housing policy
    • Ensuring building and fire safety regulations are strictly enforced and that tenants are communicated to what constitute unacceptable conditions
    • Practical measures to reward and spotlight landlord good practice to encourage responsible renting
    • Tools for attracting and retaining qualified staff to build a dedicated PRS team and strategy

    Marc Lancaster, Housing Policy Officer, London Borough of Tower Hamlets (Invited)

  • 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

    Louise Davidson, Housing Strategy and Enabling Manager, Bristol City Council (Invited)

  • Case Study: Improving the Handling of Legal Cases and Complaints to Support Tenants Challenging Landlords and Letting Agents    

    • Establishing a private sector strategy group to engage organisations from across the region
    • The Housing Standards Taskforce: tips for gathering and sharing data on rogue landlords and letting agents
    • Cooperating with the police to improve the legal response to illegal evictions and tenant harassment
    • Streamlining the communications process for tenants so that follow-up updates on cases referred to the council can be more easily accessed

    Cllr Liza Begum, Cabinet Member for Housing Services, Westminster City Council (Invited)

  • Questions and Answers

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    Lunch Break 

  • Keynote: Preventing Homelessness and Supporting Vulnerable Tenants to Sustain Their Tenancy

    • Developing a tenant’s rights communication strategy to improve tenant’s awareness of their own rights and prevent illegal evictions or treatment
    • Creating financial inclusion training and resources to help vulnerable tenants and prevent the build up of rent arrears
    • Engaging with landlords to develop personalised tenancy sustainment plans
    • Connecting vulnerable tenants with external support agencies to provide specialist financial, substance-use and familial resources

    Judith Banjoko, Director of Services, Shelter (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Supporting Tenant Mental and Physical Health Through Specialist Resources

    • Signposting vulnerable tenants to mental health specialists and resources to support tenancy sustainment
    • Partnership working opportunities with health and social care providers to improve data sharing and the uptake of health and wellbeing services
    • Encouraging healthy lifestyles and collaborating with community organisations that promote physical activities and prevent isolation
    • Improving energy efficiency in privately rented properties by working with landlords to retroactively upgrade heating infrastructure

    Suzanne Vyse, PRS Team Manager, Manchester City Council (Invited)

  • 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

    • Digital communications strategies for making tenants aware of their rights and forms of redress against rogue landlords
    • Identifying inadequately sized accommodation and unlicensed HMO’s to clamp down on ‘beds in sheds’
    • Accrediting and rewarding reputable landlords to allow potential tenants to make informed decisions on who they choose to rent from
    • Managing the most severe cases through the usage of banning orders and strategies for preventing reoccurrence after landlords are prosecuted

    Jeremy Manners, Environmental Health and Private Sector Housing Manager, Somerset Council (Invited)

  • 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

Sponsorship

We are now taking bookings for our wide range of sponsorship and exhibition packages; we also offer bespoke packages tailored for your organisation.

Why Sponsor and Exhibit at this event:

✓ Network with key decision makers from across the NHS
✓ Meet your target audience in the sector
✓ Listen and Learn from leading industry experts from across the sector
✓ Opportunity to demonstrate your products or services
✓ Speak alongside industry leading experts
✓ Work with your dedicated account manager to generate the maximum amount of leads

Exhibition and Sponsorship Packages:


Strategic Headline Sponsor:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Pre show marketing email to all registered delegates
  • Post show inclusion on presentation email
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or A4 Chair Drop
  • 5 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Speaker Pass

Key Supporter Package:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or Chair Drop
  • 1 Speaker Pass
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes

Exhibition Stand:

  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Power, Wifi, Table and 2 Chairs (If required)
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Stand Manager Pass

Insert or Chair Drop:

  • 1 Delegate Conference Pass
  • A4 insert into delegate pack or A4 Chair Drop

For more information or to discuss the available option please call 0203 961 5002 or email Sponsorship@GovernmentEvents.co.uk 

Pricing
  • Public Sector Rate incl. GE Insights: £449.00+VAT
  • Voluntary Sector Rate incl. GE Insights: £379.00+VAT
  • Private Sector Rate incl. GE Insights: £649.00+VAT