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The housing sector has become increasingly regulated over the last few years and this year, regulation seems to be coming at a particularly fast pace. The transitional protections in the Deregulation Act have finally come to an end in 2018 bringing in stronger regulation of all private rented sector homes; the Fitness for Human Habitation Bill has been making its way through Parliament to allow tenants to enforce standards that had previously not been possible; and the HMO regulations have been amended to include new standards like minimum room sizes. Have we reached a peak in terms of regulation or is there still far more to do?

According to a recent report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission one area that still needs attention is whether current housing law and standards are sufficient to provide safe and accessible housing for disabled people. Will this issue get the attention it deserves? And what will be the impact of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, which has unearthed some troubling failings in existing standards and shown the severe consequences that can come from a failure to enforce proper safeguarding procedures? What changes should be prioritised and will there be time, given Brexit and other distractions, for these issues to be addressed?

These questions, and more, will be discussed by the main panel with speakers including Justin Bates (4-5 Gray’s Inn Square Chambers and co-author of the Fitness for Human Habitation Bill) and Mark Stone from the Equality and Human Rights Commission. The panel will be chaired by HHJ Tracey Bloom.

It is not just the regulation of the housing market that we must contend with on a daily basis. It is also the regulatory burden on the legal sector as a whole, whether solicitors or barristers. There will be a special session led by regulatory expert John Gould, author of The Law of Legal Services, to discuss the pitfalls that might arise and best practice for how to deal with issues successfully if you encounter them.

There will also be a selection of informative seminars, dealing with key topics like defending possession claims and homelessness law.

Keynote speakers will be Liz Davies, who is currently instructed to represent many of the bereaved and survivors of Grenfell Tower, and HHJ Jan Luba QC.

Seddon LawThe conference will be followed by the HLPA Christmas social. Drinks will be sponsored by Seddon Costs Law.

Venue

After good reviews last year, the conference will again take place at Rooms on Regent's Park, located within the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists at 27 Sussex Place, Regent's Park, London NW1 4RG (www.rorp.co.uk). The venue is situated on the Outer Circle surrounding Regent's Park, a few minutes' walk from Baker Street tube station.

Who should attend

The conference is aimed at all those involved in practising housing law, whether acting for tenants and occupiers of housing or local authorities and social or private landlords. It is relevant to solicitors, barristers, paralegals and advisers in the voluntary, public and private sectors, together with academics and policy workers in the housing and social welfare fields.

The conference is accredited by the Bar Council and the Law Society.

     
     

 

     

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