ARLA Propertymark held its annual Conference at ExCel London on 17 April. The UK’s largest conference of its kind welcomed the former Deputy Prime Minister Sir Nick Clegg, and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Heather Wheeler MP, as keynote speakers. Journalist and presenter Julian Worricker was conference moderator.
A lively roundtable discussion on ‘Maintaining the Bottom Line from the Top Down’ took place, debating how agents will deal with the ban on letting fees and the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Participants included Your Move’s Head of Lettings and ARLA Past President, Valerie Bannister; The Property Ombudsman, Katrine Sporle; Douglas Haig from the Residential Landlords Association, the renowned industry solicitor, Robert Bolwell from Dutton Gregory, and Consumer Editor at the Daily Telegraph, Katie Morley.
Former Sainsburys’s CEO Justin King also presented a motivational speech for delegates, and Anne Frost from the Ministry of Housing, Committees and Local Government (MHCLG) explained the Government’s rationale behind the Tenant Fees Bill.
Sally Lawson, President, ARLA Propertymark commented:
“Over the last few years there has been a huge amount of legislation introduced to the private rented sector. And although the Government’s very welcome plans to crackdown on rogue agents and protect renters focus on the root cause of the issues there is still a huge amount that agents need to keep up to speed with. Today’s Conference was therefore an important platform for more than 1,000 agents from around the country to hear the latest updates and discuss what new legislation – like the Tenant Fees Bill – means for the industry.”