Minster Addressed Welsh Housing Conference Today

THE Welsh Minister for Housing and Regeneration, Rebecca Evans AM, will address the RLA’s Future Renting Wales conference in Cardiff today.

With more than 16 per cent of households in Wales expected to be in the private rented sector by 2025, up from 8.4 per cent in 2000, the Future Renting Wales conference will provide landlords with everything they need to know about the future of the sector.

Organised by the Residential Landlords Association and hosted by BBC Wales Today presenter Lucy Owen, it will help landlords understand increasingly complex new laws and regulations, including the Rent Smart Wales scheme; the introduction of new standard tenancy agreements and new safety and minimum property standards on the horizon.

Commenting ahead of her speech, Rebecca Evans said:

“This is an exciting time to be taking up the Housing and Regeneration portfolio and I was delighted to be asked to join the RLA for their Future Renting Wales conference.

“On taking up the post I asked my team how we can work more closely with the private sector to help meet our housing needs, creating a new relationship with you and moving towards greater parity across sectors.

“There is a positive future for renting in Wales and I want that to be a fair future for everyone concerned.

“I am keen to get the balance right between protecting tenants and ensuring that we protect good landlords and I want to work with the sector to make that a reality.”

Other speakers at the event include RLA policy director David Smith – legal adviser to the Assembly’s Renting Homes Bill committee, Anne Rowland of Rent Smart Wales, Leah Whitty – Welfare Reform Manager at Cardiff Council, RLA Director for Wales Douglas Haig and other high-profile names from the sector.

The conference is at Jury’s Inn, Cardiff and welcomes anyone with an interest in private rented housing, from landlords with just one property, to those with larger portfolios, letting agency owners, Assembly Members, local authority councillors, journalists, and housing charities.

Tickets are available at https://www.rla.org.uk/conference/future-renting-wales/ and will also be available on the door.

Search #FutureRenting17 for all the latest conference news on the day.

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