1st Annual Scottish Housing Policy Conference 2018

Wednesday 6 June 2018
09:30 – 16:30 BST
Wheatley Academy, 150 Ingram Street, Glasgow G1 1DW

UBDC Associate Director Professor Nick Bailey will be speaking at the 1st Annual Scottish Housing Policy Conference 2018: Scotland and the new private rented sector.

The PRS is experiencing unprecedented growth in Scotland and elsewhere in the U.K. This is partly down to problems in the rest of the housing system but is undoubtedly due to opportunities being grasped by new investors large and small. The sector remains massively controversial and faces many problems and challenges as well as key opportunities for potential benefit to households and the economy.

Recent policy change in Scotland has included: mandatory security deposit schemes, landlord registration and the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 (the latter reducing grounds for ending the tenancy, creating a more open-ended tenancy, and local rent pressure zones which could in time limit rent increases), which was enacted in December 2017.

This conference is timed to reflect important new tenancy and regulatory legislation in Scotland and seeks to wrestle with these key housing policy questions. We will explore the new tenancies, placing Scotland within a wider comparative context. In parallel, we will explore the evidence needs for monitoring change in the private rented sector; the Rental Income Guarantee Scheme (RIGS) and the role of Build to Rent in Scotland; the implications of mid-market rents investment; and the regulation of short-term lets.

The conference is organised by the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) and supported by Policy Scotland and Wheatley Group.

This event is intended for housing professionals and practitioners, policymakers, academics and students, landlords, and tenants.

The full programme and registration are available via Eventbrite.