The Conservative party faithful will get the chance to share their views with MPs on the future of the PRS and making homes greener at next week’s conference.
Away from the main stage, fringe events at the Manchester meet include a discussion on what the Renters’ Reform Bill means for the future of private renting, when Shelter’s chief executive Polly Neate will join Eddie Hughes, Minister for Rough Sleeping & Housing, to discuss renting before the return of the Renters’ Reform Bill.
This fringe event promises to explore how it can, “use this moment to deliver lasting change to the private rented sector, working with renters and landlords”.
The government has promised to introduce the Bill in the autumn which will include details on abolishing Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions, proposals for a new ‘lifetime’ tenancy deposit model and reforms to drive improvements in standards, including by ensuring all tenants have a right to redress.
Another meeting will see Housing Minister Christopher Pincher (pictured) joining other MPs to discuss the government’s pledge to ‘build back greener’.
“It will consider how best to overcome the obstacles that are holding back a green housing revolution, and discuss incentives to homeowners, the regulatory and financial structures to drive technological development, and the responsibility for decarbonising social housing stock,” says the promotional blurb.
Landlords will be hoping that they manage to come up with something better than the Green Homes Grant, which handed out funding for energy efficient improvements but was scrapped in March, just over six months after its launch.
Spending watchdog the National Audit Office has since slammed the government’s handling of the scheme, saying it was delivered to an over-ambitious timetable and was not executed to an acceptable standard.