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Sue Hennell, Senior Manager for Advice Services and David Chaffey, Director of Housing and Property Services will be attending the conference, titled ‘Renting in Brighton & Hove: Changes and Challenges’. The meet-up is a great opportunity for everyone who is interested in or concerned about private rented housing in the city to come together, get updated and talk about what they can do about it.
Rent Smart came out of a council-commissioned report from 2015 which heard evidence about the state of the private rented sector in Brighton and Hove. The findings recommended fostering joined-up working between council departments and other relevant organisations such as BHT. Since then the group have focused on several other recommendations from the original report, including promoting agency review sites and a Good Landlords scheme.
As well as a key note address by Poppy Terry from Shelter, a variety of experts in various aspects of private rented housing will update the audience on changes in the market and what work is being done.
There will be panel discussions on topics including energy efficiency, an update on discretionary licensing, standards for letting agents, the impact of Universal Credit and projects to help people find, afford and keep homes in the private rented sector. Break-out sessions will discuss what practical actions attendees can take to support renters in Brighton & Hove.
The first Rent Smart Brighton and Hove Conference is free and will be held on Wednesday 29 November from 2pm to 5.30pm at Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove. Refreshments are provided and the venue is fully accessible.