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Live Blog: Future Renting conference

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

Welcome to the live blog of the RLA’s conference, Future Renting which took place on 13th September at Imperial College, Kensington, sponsored by Ideal Flatmate.

Here you’ll find the live stream of the day as it happened. You can still tweet about the conference using the hashtag #FutureRenting18




Delegates are beginning to arrive for our Future Renting conference. Coming to the conference? You can tweet us throughout the day using the hashtag #FutureRenting18

— RLA Landlord News (@RLA_News) September 13, 2018

Time to make a start! Our Vice-Chair Douglas Haig begins by welcoming delegates to the conference. There are over 200 landlords, letting agents and property professionals here today!


It’s time to welcome our host, LBC presenter Clive Bull, to the stage. Clive presents the popular Property Hour on LBCand he has had a radio career spanning three decades!

We look forward to hearing more from Clive during today. It’s now time to hear our key note address, from deputy director of the PRS at MHCLG, Anne Frost. Anne will be discussing a range of issues impacting landlords, from longer term tenancies to licensing. 


So, a housing court consultation and a record breaking number of responses to the Government’s longer term tenancies consultation. A very interesting session from Anne Frost. Now its time for landlords to ask questions.


A very useful question and answer session with Anne Frost. Next up it’s time for our panel discussion: Tenants in Control? On our panel today is David Cox of ARLA Propertymark, Katrine Sporle CBE, The Property Ombudsman and Karen Buck MP.



A very interesting discussion from our panel on fitness for human habitation, redress and the tenant fee ban, both of which look set to be introduced early next year. Also useful discussion on the narrative of the sector.

its now time for our next speaker of the day, Ian Halton from NAPIT.

A very useful and practical session there from Ian Halton of NAPIT. Next up its time to hear where the property market is heading over the next few years, from property insight expert Kate Faulkner.

An energetic talk on market prospects from property insight expert Kate Faulkner. After a very interesting an informative morning, it is now time for lunch, and time to say hi to some of our exhibitors.

That’s lunch over, and it’s on the subject of licensing from Richard Tacagni of London property licensing.


A very useful and interesting session from Richard Tacagni of @lplicensing next up it’s time for delegates to hear more about upcoming legislation changes to be aware of from RLA Policy Director David Smith #FutureRenting18 @hmolawyer

— RLA Landlord News (@RLA_News) September 13, 2018

An extremely useful session for landlords in the room. Next up is Dr Tom Simcock of RLA PEARL on building the evidence for change.

Informative presentation on the importance of evidence in changing policy, from Dr Tom Simcock there. Next up, as Universal Credit continues to be rolled out across the country, we will hear an update and some practical advice from Sherrelle Collman of Carridon Landlord Solutions.

Useful session for landlords in the room who rent property to tenants on Universal Credit. Next up we’ll be discussing tax with Sean Hughes of Comprehensive Tax Planning.

Useful practical examples from Sean Hughes on a range of tax topics. It’s now time to hear some closing remarks from our new CEO, Andrew Dixon.

Also a big thankyou to all of our wonderful speakers and our magnificent host, Clive Bull.

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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