Housing minister to address landlords at NRLA conference

The housing minister behind the Renters Reform Bill, Eddie Hughes, will address landlords at the inaugural National Landlord Conference later this year.

The conference is being established by the National Residential Landlords Association in partnership with Landlord Law, while it will take place at Coventry Building Society Arena on Tuesday 15th November.

The Renters Reform Bill was unveiled alongside the Queens Speech earlier this month, which confirmed the end of Section 21 evictions and pledged to reform possession grounds for landlords with a new Ombudsman to resolve disputes.

Ben Beadle, chief executive of the National Residential Landlords Association, said: “We are pleased that the Minister has agreed to speak at our first national conference and would encourage landlords and letting agents to use this opportunity to question him on the government’s plans for the sector.

“It’s important that he is able to hear from first-hand experience about what is happening on the ground to ensure planned changes really do work for landlords as well as tenants.”

The event will be hosted by BBC Radio 4’s ‘Money Box’ presenter Paul Lewis.

The conference will focus on helping landlords up the Energy Performance Certificate levels of their properties, ahead of the government establishing C as the minimum EPC level for tenancies.

Among the speakers addressing this topic will be Derek Horrocks, chair of the National Insulation Association. Others will include Justin Bates, a barrister specialising in housing law at Landmark Chambers, who will speak on what planned legislative changes in the sector mean for landlords.

Tessa Shepperson, solicitor and managing director of Landlord Law Services, said: “We are delighted to be working with the NRLA on this new conference for landlords with keynote speaker Eddie Hughes MP.

“It is so important that housing ministers are able to hear directly from landlords and get feedback on their plans for the sector.

“The other speakers are equally distinguished, and I am particularly pleased that we will be providing some much-needed help for landlords on energy efficiency.”

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