Paul Shamplina from “Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords.”
The next West Midlands Regional Landlord and Letting Agent Conference will be 6th October 2017 in Walsall.
The conference will include leading property expert Paul Shamplina who you might know from his star role in Channel 5’s “Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords .” Paul also sits on the advisory panel of the Property Redress Scheme.
Last year’s event was completely booked out several weeks in advance and we are expecting the same level of demand this year. To attend you must reserve a place (although it will be free). We don’t yet have the details in place about making a booking, these will be on the blog closer to the time. Along with a full agenda, so please watch this space and do save the date.
On 7th October, just over 650 landlords and agents attended our fourth regional conference. We think this is the biggest one-day event of its kind in the UK.
The event was put together by Mary Latham of the National Landlords Association, Mark Woodhall of Wolverhampton Council, Matt Smith of Birmingham Council and your blog co-editor Liz Mooney. Needless to say many people played a role in making the event a success. So thanks to everybody; not forgetting the many sponsors whose support meant that the event could be kept free of charge to landlords.
Plenty of housing expertise, very little fashion sense. Liz Mooney, Gary Wright and Matt Smith looking a bit purple at the conference.
MC’d by Sandwell’s Steven Gabriel, the presentations and workshops included:
- Living in Interesting Times from Richard Lambert of the National Landlords Association
- Tackling Rogue Landlords by Isabella Connell
- Crisis an introduction to the leading Homelessness Charity – by Chris Hancock
- Immigration Act 2016 looking at the Right to rent rules for residential landlords
- Landlords and Tax by Simon Misiewicz
- An update on new and upcoming legislation from Mary Latham of NLA
- Welfare reform by Oliver Wright (please see previous blog posts on Universal credit, the benefit cap and changes to backdating rules).
- Getting the most out of your investment when developing property for rent by Sue Elkington.
Overall – it was a very successful day. If you cant wait till next year’s – please look out for our own local Sandwell Landlord forum, details of which should be announced shortly on the blog.
It is just 4 full days left until the Conference.
Please note it has been fully booked for weeks so unless you have been confirmed a place please do not attend.
If you cannot take up your place please cancel via Eventbrite as we do have a waiting list.
It promises to be an excellent day, so I look forward to seeing those of you lucky enough to have secured a place!
Lord Best – Chair of the Council of the Property Ombudsman at the West Midlands Landlord Conference
Over 400 landlords and agents attended the sell-out West Midlands Private Landlord and Letting Agent Conference at Walsall Football Stadium last Friday.
Change seemed to be the underlying theme of the conference. Change in:
- The regulations and legislation controlling the sector
- The demands of the housing market
- The innovations and new ways of working that landlords will need to adopt.
- The welfare support that many tenants depend on and their responsibilities to manage their rent.
With Sandwell’s Stephen Gabriel as MC, we had some first rate speakers, with presentations from Gerry Lyng of the Department of Work and Pensions on Universal Credit, David Cox, the Managing Director of the Association of Residential Lettings Agents giving his round-up of the state of the sector and Gary Wright introducing the innovative, new app for tenants ‘Check Before You Rent.’ (Look out for a separate blog post on the app shortly). In addition, we had Lord Best, a leading and respected expert across all aspects of housing and the unmissable Mary Latham of the National Landlords Association. The conference highlighted just how important it is for landlords to keep themselves informed, up to date and in touch with both other landlords and the council officers who deal with their issues. Although the next conference isn’t until next year, Sandwell’s own next landlord forum will be on 17th December at Oldbury Council House. To book a place, email Tina Dolan at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you attended the conference and have any comments or feedback you would like to share … its not too late. Drop an email to Liz Mooney at Elizabeth_mooney@sandwell.gov.uk