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Future Renting Wales 2018: Live blog

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

Welcome to the live blog from the RLA’s Future Renting Wales conference 2018!

Landlords, letting agents and property professionals attended the conference in Cardiff and heard from key note speakers Justin Tomlinson MP of DWP, and the Housing and Regeneration Minister in Wales, Rebecca Evans AM who announced an exciting proposal for landlords in Wales.

Delegates heard all about upcoming legislation changes, how Brexit could impact the private rented sector and how they can make their views heard and make renting better for all. Here, in our live blog, you’ll be able to read all the key announcements of the day as they happened!



Delegates have arrived and its time to welcome our host for the day, Lucy Owen from BBC Wales, to the stage.

It really is great to have Lucy hosting for us again, a year on from last year’s Future Renting Wales conference. Now its time for our Vice Chair and Director for Wales Douglas Haig to welcome delegates to the conference.



A great introduction from our Director for Wales, now it’s time for delegates to hear from the first speaker of the day, lawyer and RLA Policy Director David Smith, who will be discussing housing legislation in England and how it differs to Wales.

A useful talk from our Policy Director, David Smith looking into legislation on the horizon. Now it’s to hear on the topic that is never far from the headlines-Brexit and what it means for the private rented sector. Our Policy Manager John Stewart takes to the stage.

Our Policy Manager ends on a reassuring note- in the short term landlords will not see much of an impact when it comes to Brexit. So, from a topic which is never far from the headlines to research that is always making headlines-it’s time to hear from Dr Tom Simcock from RLA PEARL (Private Renting, Evidence, Analysis and Research lab) on the vital work PEARL is doing to represent landlords.

Great to hear some of the key facts, figures and successes from RLA PEARL-remember the more landlords and agents share their views and experiences in our quarterly surveys, then the more evidence the RLA has to generate real concrete change. You can read all of RLA PEARL’s research here.  Now it’s break time!


Break time over-it’s time for delegates to settle in and hear from our first key note speaker of the day, Justin Tomlinson MP, the Minister for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance at the Department of Work and Pensions.

Justin runs delegates through welfare and specifically Universal Credit; what it is, and the roll out.

A great keynote from Justin Tomlinson MP, wonderful to hear the Minister praising the RLA’s campaign work when it comes to welfare and taking questions from delegates. You can read more about what we are doing in this area in this blog post here.

Now its time to hear all about tax from Sean Hughes.

Useful top tips from Sean Hughes there. Now its time to hear from John Blackwood, who is the CEO of the Scottish Association of Landlords. John will be talking about Scottish legislation and the private rented sector, and how this could pave the way for legislation in Wales.


Thanks to John for running through what legislation we could see being implemented in Wales in the long term. Plenty of interesting talks and food for thought this morning-now it’s time to break for lunch!

Lunchtime over, it’s now time to hear from Paul Shamplina, TV star with over 25 year experience of the sector, and also founder of Landlord Action. Paul begins by praising the RLA for all our campaigning work.

Fantastic talk from Paul Shamplina, now its time to hear from the SECOND keynote speaker of the day, Minister for Housing and Regeneration in Wales, Rebecca Evans AM.

Wonderful to hear from Rebecca Evans AM, who not only revealed an exciting proposal for Welsh landlords when it comes to housing benefit families, but also interesting to hear an update on the Renting Homes Fees Bill and answering the questions of delegates in the room.

Next up, it’s time to hear from Matthew Hall of the Welsh Government.



A five year lease model proposal and a further look at what could be done to support tenants in reciept of Universal Credit. Now its time for our final speaker of the day Debbie Davies on deposit protection and planning for the future.


And that bring proceedings here in Cardiff to a close! Our Vice Chair Douglas Haig returns to the stage and thanks those for coming today.

Thanks to our wonderful host Lucy Owen, to all of our speakers today and our exhibitors for being part of Future Renting Wales-and thanks to our delegates for coming along!




You can learn more about the work of the RLA, our training courses and membership on our website. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for a photo gallery from Future Renting Wales 2018!

About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

She is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and media review, and creating social media content. She also contributes to our members magazine, Residential Property Investor.

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