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RICS Residential Property Conference


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

RICS Residential Property Conference 2017 has now taken place. Register your interest to be the first to hear once the new dates and programme have been confirmed.

The Government has targeted a figure of delivering one million new homes. The annual RICS Residential Property Conference 2017 brought together the leading experts to debate to 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. Delegates joined 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 saw the return of the highly popular break-out sessions which focused on different practice areas to provide a market overview, case law update and the latest best practice guidance for your particular sector.

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

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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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2017 Conference Programme

08:30 Registration and refreshments

09:15 Chair’s opening comments
Paul Cutbill, Head of Professional Development at Countrywide Surveying Services

09:20 Keynote - Policy update

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

James Murray, Deputy Mayor, Housing and Residential Development

09:40 Economic analysis

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

Jeffrey Matsu, Senior Economist, RICS

10:10 Industry CEO address

  • How to thrive and adapt in a time of change

Alison Platt, Group Chief Executive Officer, Countrywide Plc 

10.40 Professionalism in residential property

  • The role of the professional
  • Why standards are important

Peter Bolton-King, Global Property Standards Director, RICS

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 How to meet the changing demands of tenant expectations

  • Best practice property management
  • 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?

  • How will new government proposals impact on the future of PRS?
  • Banning fees 
  • Tenant Tax - Section 24
  • What will be the impact be for tenants, landlord and estate agents?

Chair - Tracey Hartley, Principal, Foundation Real Estate
Sam Mitchell, Head of Lettings, Rightmove
Mark Hayward, Chief Executive, NAEA
David Bond, Director and Head of PRS, LSL Corporate Client Department

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

Fiona Haggett, UK Valuation Director, RICS

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

    Professor Nicholas Whitehouse, Visiting Professor, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Brookes University  

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 15 minutes 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?

Chair - Paul Collins, Senior Lecturer Planning & Development, Nottingham Trent University Chair, RICS UK & International Planning & Development Professional Group Board
Philip Barnes, Group Land and Planning Director, Barratt Developments
Geeta Nanda, CEO Thames Valley Housing Association
Tom Bloxham, Chairman and Co-Founder, Urban Splash
Kate Webb, Head of Policy, Shelter 

17:00 Chair’s closing remarks