Westminster Legal Policy Forum

The future for regulation of the private rented housing sector

Morning, Wednesday, 31st October 2018

Central London


This seminar will bring together policymakers and key stakeholders to discuss the future for regulation of the private rented sector - looking at key issues around standards and consumer redress.

It will be an opportunity for delegates to consider the likely impact of the Tenant Fees Bill on the market, and the further action that might be taken to give more protection to both landlords and tenants.

Those attending will also discuss what more might be done to provide greater consumer redress, in light of the Government’s consultation which considered plans for the creation of a single housing ombudsman and options for promoting the use of mediation and out-of-court resolutions.

Further sessions will assess the implications of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill - following the proposed changes to the length of tenancies pending consultation, the abolition of the rent cap, enabling tenants to act when properties are unfit for habitation and to bring homes under local authority enforcement rules.

Keynote Speakers

Anne Frost

Deputy Director, Private Rented Sector Division, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Katrine Sporle

The Property Ombudsman

Emma Foxall

Director of Dispute Resolution, Housing Ombudsman Service


Bob Blackman MP

Karen Buck MP

Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Private Rented Sector and Sponsor, Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill 2017-19


David Smith

Policy Director, Residential Landlords Association

Senior speaker confirmed from Which?

Rhea Newman

Policy Officer, Shelter

Theresa Wallace

Co-Founder and Chair, The Lettings Industry Council

Dr Julie Rugg

Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Housing Policy, University of York

Hannah Slater

Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Generation Rent

Richard Lambert

Chief Executive Officer, National Landlords Association

Fiona Bourke

Partner, Carter Jonas