Published - 17 September 2019
Conference helping to ensure rents are set fairly for residents
The rules around rent-setting will be changing from next year and this week we co-hosted the first of two conferences with Housing Quality Network (HQN) to help housing providers understand them.
It is the second year of the event, which ensures organisations remain compliant, set rents fairly so they are affordable and can ask questions to experts in the field.
2020 Vision – a Practical Guide to the New Rent Standard was held on Thursday 12 September and was attended by more than 110 people from the housing sector.
It explained the new rent standard, highlighted best practice and looked at the various tenures and rent types that housing providers may have to deal with.
Emma Turay, head of rents and service charges for Notting Hill Genesis, worked with HQN on the first rents conference last year and its success means it will now be an annual conference.
Emma was one of the speakers at the event. She said: “It was great to take part and help people from across the sector get to grips with the new rent standard and allow them to properly prepare for what comes next. I spoke about our preparations for the next round of regulations and how we have integrated following our merger.
Rents can be incredibly complicated given the regular changes to the way they are set and the various tenures we manage, but it is vital that we all understand what these changes mean so we can comply with the rules and make sure rents are set fairly to our residents.
“I’m pleased that so many housing associations and local authorities attended as I believe events like this can help raise standards across the sector.”
The one-day event will also be held in Manchester on 17 October.