Two new professional conferences launch for property developers and landlords

Two new professional conferences for property developers and landlords launch at The National Homebuilding and Renovating Show 

For the first time, The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show (NEC, Birmingham 21-24 March 2013) is introducing two separate professional conferences at the show – one developed specifically for UK property developers and the second targeting landlords. Both conferences will provide expert insight into the issues and challenges the industry will face in 2013 and beyond.

The Property Development Conference, hosted by BuildStore Financial Services, will be held on Thursday, 21 March and Friday, 22March at the show to support property developers of all experience levels who want to capitalise on the opportunities that exist in today’s property and buy-to-let market. Each day will see three presentations and two seminar sessions focusing on topical issues such as policy and legalisation for new build homes, funding and budgeting development projects and running a property business effectively.


In addition, attendees can book a 30 minute appointment with industry specialists to discuss a range of subjects including construction, conveyancing, sustainable building, warranty, insurance and finance policies plus the design and planning of their future portfolios. Representatives from leading commercial lenders, including Affirmative Finance, Precise Mortgages, Hampshire Trust, Bishopsgate and Regentsmead will also be on hand to discuss funding options for new projects with developers.


Raymond Connor, chief executive of BuildStore Financial Services, says, “The revival of the housing market is clearly a major priority for the Government, specifically the delivery of new homes, and will have a positive impact on the struggling economy. The National Housing Strategy presents a unique opportunity for developers to take advantage of the release of public sector land, the push to bring empty properties into use, and the New Homes Bonus Scheme for local authorities. It paves the way for regional developers to play a bigger role in providing new homes, and with commercial lending making a strong comeback through BuildStore, there are real opportunities for developers to profit in the current market.”


On Saturday 23 March at the show, The Landlords and Residential Letting Agents Conference, in conjunction with The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA), will take place from 10am-5pm. ARLA is the only professional self-regulating body to be solely concerned with lettings and letting agents. The conference will provide residential landlords with access to highly experienced and knowledgeable speakers who will each address key issues facing landlords today, including: The Labour Party agenda for the private rented sector, licensing schemes for landlords HMO, what a letting agent can and should do for you, the Green Deal, energy efficiency and tenancy deposit disputes.


Jack Dromey MP, Labour’s shadow housing minister, will outline The Labour Party policy for the private rented sector while David Smith of Anthony Gold Solicitors will help landlords to navigate the complex legal area of selective licensing and HMOs generally. Another area of critical importance is choosing an agent and defining best working practices to deliver a beneficial relationship. On this subject, Ian Potter, managing director of ARLA, will provide a guide to avoiding common pitfalls and making sure landlords are fully protected. After the launch of the Green Deal this week, John King from The Dispute Service (TDS), will discuss the implications for landlords taking a closer look at how to present claims for deposit reductions and managing expectations around potential disputes. The conference will conclude with an informative Q&A session with the panel who will address the burning questions of the day.

Ian Potter comments: “This is a rare opportunity for landlords to benefit from a whole day covering topics of great importance to them now and in the future. It will provide them with an insight into the politics, legislation and controversial issues surrounding the private rented sector, which can and will impact on their investment. It is a chance to get help to obtain sound advice to achieve the best results for them.”





Julie Hanson

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