Morning, Tuesday, 12th November 2019
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
The seminar is timed as the Government moves forward with plans to end no-fault evictions as part of the wider drive to improve consumer experience in the rental market following the passing of the Tenant Fees Act and the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act.
The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to interact with policy makers on the initial impact of these policies and options for future reform.
Delegates will also consider the implementation of the Housing Complaints Resolution Service.
Unfair evictions and consumer protection
As the Prime Minister announces plans to enact legislation to end no-fault evictions, with a consultation to be published shortly on creating open-ended tenancies by default, delegates will consider how the proposed changes will affect the market and assess further plans to maintain an ability for landlords to evict tenants where legally acceptable.
We also expect discussion on the Government consultation on tenancy deposit reforms, and delegates will discuss how policy can look to speed up the return of deposits at the end of the tenancy, and how the market can develop more innovative approaches to deposits and improve the consumer experience.
The Housing Complaints Resolution Service and the Judiciary
The conference will examine the new Housing Complaints Resolution Service that looks to establish a single point of access for complaints over housing. Delegates will discuss how the centralised service and portal will work, and the power it will have in the sector, looking at landlord responsibility, compensation mechanisms and access to justice for tenants.
There will also be consideration of responses to the Government’s consultation on the Housing Court. Attendees will look at policy options to reduce the number of unnecessary cases going to court, the current working of the First Tier Tribunal, and the possible implications of the establishment of the Housing Court.
Homes (Fitness For Human Habitation) and tenants’ rights
Further sessions will look at the ongoing implementation of the Act, including the implications of changes for tenants to the length of tenancies, enabling tenants to act when properties are unfit for habitation and bringing homes under local authority enforcement rules.
There will also be discussion on the guidance for both tenants and landlords, how best to improve consumer information more widely, and simplifying navigation of the sector.
The seminar will also look more broadly at the cost of renting and there will be discussion on the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee inquiry into the long-term delivery of social and affordable rented housing, following concerns over demand in the sector.