Our annual Landlord Forum took place on Monday 19th March this year, and once again it brought together a mix of London landlords, exhibitors and specialist speakers to the halls of Senate House.
Our expert panel gave great presentations covering a range of topics, from dealing with difficult tenants to upcoming changes in the laws that affect landlords directly. The NLA’s very own Richard Blanco delivered a lively and informative talk which gave our landlords some easy and practical advice on dealing with current tricky tenants, as well as learning how to avoid them in the future:
- Framework was the key-word, with Blanco encouraging our audience to practice good preparation before a tenancy – such as asking for tenant references, conducting a thorough photographic inventory and organising an in-person induction meeting with the new occupant
- The presentation also covered common problems that can be difficult to approach, such as tenants who are excessively noisy and tenants who move extra people into the house without the landlord’s consent. Tactful, understanding and informal approaches work best initially, and building rapport with the inhabitant can make tricky situations much easier to discuss
- Richard ended by giving the forum attendees some final maxims to guide them through any and all tenant situations they find themselves in. This included avoiding ultimatums, listening well and asking lots of questions
The very thorough and knowledgeable David d’Orton–Gibson, from Training For Professionals, updated the landlords about upcoming changes surrounding Gas Safety Regulations and connected the new legislation to the ever-present General Data Protection Regulations coming into force at the end of May 2018.
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Finally, the university’s very own Roland Shanks provided our audience with his annual Student Market Update via a colourful and stat-dense range of slides:
- Roland covered the three main elements of student housing supply - PBSAs (purpose built student accommodation), PRS (the private rented sector) and ‘Build to Rent’ properties - how they have changed with time and how they will continue to be affected by the current – and upcoming – London Plan
- As always affordability was a key theme, with predictions that there will be less high-end PBSAs, as they try to compete with rival housing sectors and appease a growing number of students who demand more reasonable rent prices in order to study
- Roland also covered how the demographic dip in student numbers may soon be coming to an end, as Brexit and the drop in the pound allows more international students to study at higher tariff universities. Meaning there will be higher demand for bed spaces, but affordability still needs to be addressed
We would like to thank everyone who attended and participated in the event, and we look forward to welcoming you back next year.
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