Safe as Houses? How councils can influence the private rented sector

In partnership with:

London Borough of Lewisham

Privately rented accommodation now accounts for nearly 17% of all UK households and with increased growth in the sector has come increased scrutiny. Often the accommodation provided in the Private rented sector is accused of being expensive and of poor quality. Coupled with the issue of insecure, short term tenancies and many local authorities are considering how they can influence the sector to secure better outcomes for tenants.

Some innovative authorities are already implementing landlord licensing schemes and considering measures such as increasing their own provision of rented housing but others would suggest councils shouldn’t interfere in private markets at all.

This summit will bring together senior officers in local authorities and professional experts in the housing sector to consider how local authorities can influence the private rented sector and indeed whether they should intervene at all. Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of the London Borough of Lewisham will be delivering our keynote address and we will hear from varying view points in the housing and local government spheres to discuss emerging options and to identify new ways forward for local authorities in influencing and engaging the private rental sector.

Confirmed speakers also include:

  • Roger Harding, Director of Communications, Policy and Campaigns, Shelter
  • Alex Hilton, Director, Generation Rent
  • Richard Lambert, Chief Executive, National Landlords Association