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Announcing our First Regional Housing Conference

May 23, 2018

On 9 July, RHE with the support of the City of York Council, are delighted to offer our first regional event, the Northern Private Sector Housing Conference.

Changes first introduced by the Housing and Planning Act 2016 with more provisions progressively coming into force, give additional powers to local authorities to help protect vulnerable tenants and get rid of bad landlords in the Private Rented Sector – powers such as Banning Orders, extending Rent Repayment Orders, a Rogue Landlord Database and Civil Penalties as an alternative to prosecution.

These powers have significantly increased the sanctions that can be imposed and it is the Government’s desire that these are put into full effect. Efficient use can also boost, through the recovery of penalties, the resources available within a local authority to pursue substandard housing and call rogue landlords to account. It is essential, therefore, that local authorities grasp these new powers with both hands and include them as part of their enforcement toolbox.

The conference aims to provide strategic and operational support for attendees on the range of new enforcement powers, getting the most out of PRS resources and will consider some of the further changes that are likely to affect the housing landscape.

We have assembled a select panel of speakers and the programme includes plenty of time for questions and discussions. Following first-class feedback from our last housing conference, we are delighted that Debi Waite from Northampton Borough Council has agreed to speak. She will be joined by Cynthia Braithwaite of Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government and Mike Brook of Leeds City Council. Our valued colleagues Paul Fitzgerald, Chairman of the National HMO Network and Liz Webster at North Lincolnshire Council complete the lineup.

In the spirit of collaboration and partnership, delegates will have the opportunity to raise any issues they might be encountering in their region.

Click here to see more details and to book.