I did a survey recently of my Landlord Law Blog readers about the problems they faced, and one of the top items was keeping up to date with all the legal changes.

There have been a lot recently.  Leaving aside all the section 21 and deposit changes that came with the inappropriately named ‘Deregulation Act’ of 2015, we have also had:

  • Changes to the Right to Rent rules
  • All the rules relating to letting agents such as transparency of fees and the prospect of a total prohibition against charging fees to tenants
  • The threat to widen the scope of HMO licensing –  which is going to cause major problems for many landlords and agents
  • New enforcement rules coming under the Housing & Planning Act 2016,  and
  • The usual crop of cases

It’s hard for landlords and agents to keep up with it all, although it’s important that you do as many of the changes will involve changing your procedures to take account of the new rules.

If you want a one day event, focused wholly on legal changes, then you need the Landlord Law Conference, sponsored, as always, by TDS.  This will feature:

  • Barrister Sam Madge-Wyld giving an update on changes over the past year
  • My self (Tessa Shepperson) explaining how your tenancy agreement clauses can help you comply with new rules and protect your position
  • David Smith (solicitor and RLA Policy Director) talking about consumer law (a scary topic few people understand properly) and giving his usual HMO Update
  • David Cox, the Managing Director of ARLA, talking about letting agent regulation
  • Barrister Peter Marcus, talking about defended possession proceedings, and also taking a light hearted took at Court Procedures and acting in person
  • Mike Morgan, Director of Dispute Resolution at TDS talking about Tenancy Deposit Adjudications (with some howlers from their files)
  • Sue Lukes, immigration and housing eligibility specialist, bringing us up to date on Right to Rent rules and regulations, and
  • Barrister Robert Brown on leaseholder landlords

Most the speakers will also be available during the breaks to talk to, and we will also have the usual Exhibitors area.

Confirmed exhibitors include Anthony Gold solicitors, the Residential Landlords Association, ARLA, Aston Shaw accountants, The Property Redress Scheme, Total Landlord Insurance, Stride and Alan Boswell insurance companies, and of course TDS our lead sponsors.

Conferences always have a great atmosphere and are an excellent opportunity to network and exchange ideas with colleagues.

This year the Conference will be taking place at the fabulous Sprowston Manor Hotel and Country Club.

Delegates coming from a distance will be able to stay over.  In fact why not stay over the weekend?  The hotel has its own swimming pool and golf course and is within easy reach of Norwich (one of the top shopping destinations in the country) and Norfolk tourist attractions such as the Norfolk Broads and the National Trust’s Blickling Hall.

If you are driving, Sprowston Manor has extensive free onsite parking.  Norwich is easy to get to from Liverpool St Station London and there is also a cross country service from Liverpool via Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham, Grantham, Peterborough and Ely

We look forward to welcoming you to Conference this year.  To find out more please visit the Conference website at www.lllconf.co.uk.

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