Improving Standards in the Private Rented Sector: Tackling Rogue Landlords & Preventing Overcrowded Housing

Confirmed speakers:

  • John Stewart, Policy Manager, Residential Landlords Association
  • Russell Moffatt, Service Manager, Private Housing & Environmental Health, London Borough of Newham
  • Cllr Ric Pallister OBE, Leader, South Somerset District Council (event chair)
  • More speakers TBC

Context:

This month the Government announced new measures to tackle rogue landlords, including powers to allow local authorities to issue banning orders for the worst offenders and the introduction of a database of rogue landlords and property agents in April 2018.

At the same time, the Government confirmed it will support the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill, which would allow tenants to take their landlords to court if they do not ensure their property is fit for human habitation.

Join Westminster Briefing on 29th March for an up-to-date brief on how new and existing powers can be used to tackle rogue landlords and prevent overcrowded housing.

Key Issues to be Addressed Include:

  • Introduction of ‘banning orders’ and a new database of rogue landlords/letting agents
  • Extending mandatory licensing of and minimum size requirements for HMOs
  • Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill
  • Using Housing & Planning Act powers to tackle rogue landlords
  • Preventing overcrowding in HMOs
  • Using licensing powers effectively
  • Learning from current good practice

The Event:

The morning will focus on the Government's policy agenda for improving standards in the private rented sector, as well as how to effectively use existing powers to tackle rogue landlords.

The afternoon will examine best practice in preventing overcrowding in the private rented sector.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone with an interest in tacking rogue landlords and preventing overcrowded housing, including: local authorities; landlords; representative groups & solicitors.

For registration enquiries please contact: Customer.Services@westminster-briefing.com | 0207 593 5657

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email: Dominic.Leigh@dodsgroup.com

Thursday 29th March 2018

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Event to be held in Central London (venue tbc)

Public Sector | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places: £195 each
Private Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each
Above prices exclude VAT


Background Quote

"Everyone deserves a decent and safe place to live. Councils already have wide-ranging powers to crack down on the minority of landlords who rent out unsafe and substandard accommodation. However, public safety is paramount and I am determined to do everything possible to protect tenants. That is why government will support new legislation that requires all landlords to ensure properties are safe and give tenants the right to take legal action if landlords fail in their duties."

- Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, 14 January 2018

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