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RICS Residential Property Conference 2017

Conference London, 5 Jul 2017

How can the latest policies, innovations and future trends solve the housing crisis?

The Government has targeted a figure of delivering one million new homes. The annual RICS Residential Property Conference brings together the leading experts to debate and analyse how the industry needs to react to meet this ambitious goal.

Off-site construction and institutional PRS have been described as game-changers in helping to mitigate the housing crisis. Join the conference to discover how off-site and build-to-rent properties could be a viable solution to the housing shortage and what must be done to really get this moving in the UK and overcome the barriers to this innovation and investment opportunity.

The morning sees the return of the highly popular break-out sessions which will focus on different practice areas to provide a market overview, case law update and the latest best practice guidance for your particular sector.

The day will culminate in a debate tying together conference topics to assess how to solve the housing crisis. Each panellist will have 10 minutes to outline their proposal for addressing the housing crisis, with the debate being opened up to the audience.

Attend the conference and benefit from critical updates that will impact anyone involved in residential surveying, valuation, lettings and property management.

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A content map will be produced for each conference session and emailed to delegates after the conference. These visual records will capture the key information from the speakers’ presentation and any subsequent discussion.

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Conference Programme

08:30 Registration and refreshments

09:15 Chair’s opening comments

09:20 Keynote - Policy update

  • Housing Infrastructure Fund
  • Affordable housing
  • Capacity fund’s for councils

10:00 Economic analysis

  • Outlook for the residential property market
  • RICS Residential Property Market Survey
  • Key macro risks

Simon Rubinsohn, Chief Economist, RICS

10.40 Standards in residential property

  • The role of the professional
  • Why standards are important

11:00 Networking refreshment break

11:20 – 12:45 Break-out session 1: Delegates choose between two parallel break-out sessions

Breakout 1A: Agency

11:20 Best practice property management

  • What are the changing tenant expectations of service levels delivery?
  • How to meet these changing demands
  • Tenant engagement

William M. Heneker, Director, Lamberts Chartered Surveyors

11:45 Case law roundup

  • Latest legal cases that will impact the sector
  • Anti-money laundering, Immigration Act, Right to Rent

Douglas Rhodes, Senior Associate, Trowers & Hamlins LLP

12:05 Panel debate – Risks and rewards: what impact will the policy changes have on the agency sector?

  • Stamp Duty Land Tax
  • New government proposals - banning fees
  • Tenant Tax - Section 24

Chair - Tracey Hartley, Principal, Foundation Real Estate
Alison Platt, Group Chief Executive Officer, Countrywide Plc
Tim Douglas, Policy & Campaigns Officer, ARLA 

Breakout 1B: Survey and Valuation

11:20 On-site identification of non-traditional construction

  • How do you recognise that the property you are inspecting is not traditionally built?
  • Where to look and what you might see
  • Key indicators of off-site and non-conventional construction

Philip Santo, Director, Philip Santo & Co

12:05 Hot topics in residential valuation

  • The different types of non-traditional construction
  • The latest issues you must consider and will encounter: 
  • non-traditional and offsite build 
  • leasehold issues 
  • starter homes 
  • Latest RICS guidance 

12:45 Networking lunch Closing Plenary – Housing Supply

13:45 Key themes for 2017 and beyond

  • Housing issues regionally
  • Risk and opportunities with the housing markets
  • Core investors vs opportunistic investors

Lucian Cook, Director Residential Research, Savills

14:15 Offsite construction and manufacture

  • Why off-site construction is vital to the industry
  • Overcoming the barriers to innovation
  • What are the benefits?
  • How the industry must respond

14:45 Institutional PRS investment and build to rent

  • Regional hotspots for investment
  • Update on the latest deals

Michela Hancock, Development Director, Greystar Europe Holdings

15:15 Networking lunch

15:30 Panel debate - How to solve the housing crisis?
Each panelist will have 10 minute to outline their proposal for addressing the housing crisis. The debate will then be opened up to the other panelists with the chance for the audience to interact.

  • Meeting the new government target
  • Addressing the skills shortage – who is going to build?
  • New innovations – MMC will they work?

Philip Barnes, Group Land And Planning Director, Barratt Developments
Geeta Nanda, CEO Thames Valley Housing Association
Tom Bloxham, Chairman and Co-Founder, Urban Splash

17:00 Chair’s closing remarks


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£243.00 for non-members

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