Tuesday 04 April 2017

Airbnb & Student Accommodation: How will it Affect You - because it will: Leeds

Venue: The Unipol Board Room - Leeds

Suitable for: Those managing student accommodation and student services officers advising students.

You can rent anything on airbnb - including student rooms, either direct from other students and sometimes directly from an institution or supplier.

Normal Delegate Rate: £270

Friends of Unipol Rate: £235

155-157 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 3ED

Spaces available

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9.30am - 9.45am Registration (tea and coffee)

Conference Led by Hilary Crook, Solicitor, Hatch Legal & Martin Blakey, Chief Executive, Unipol Student Homes

9.45am - 10.00am Introduction of Delegates

10.00am - 10.40pm What is Airbnb and how does it work?

10.40pm - 11.00am Should we mention Airbnb in our students’ contracts? Concept of sub-letting vs. parting or sharing possession or occupation

11.00am - 11.15am Break (tea and coffee available)

11.15am - 11.45pm Health & Safety Implications: Should Airbnb be banned in halls on H&S grounds? If it is allowed what adjustments need to be made to existing policies, procedures and practises?

11.45pm - 12.30pm Maintenance, repairs and cleaning: what obligations are there, if any, to respond to maintenance/repair requests from guests?

12.30pm - 1.00pm Insurance: If a guest’s actions or negligence damaged your building, would you be covered? Would you be covered if a guest injured themselves in the building?

1.00pm - 2.00pm Lunch (provided)

2.00pm - 2.45pm Planning & Licensing: Does B&B infringe planning requirements in halls & off-street properties?

2.45pm - 3.15pm Taxation

3.15pm - 3.30pm Break (Tea and coffee provided)

3.15pm - 4.00pm What could possibly go wrong? & What can we do to get it right? Unwelcomed guests in shared flats, protection of Under 18s, guest not subject to disciplinary procedures. Be aware of the framework; be flexible and make it easier and more attractive for students not to sub-let.                        

4.15pm Questions & Concluding Remarks



Hilary Crook, Solicitor, Hatch Legal

Hilary Crook is one of Unipol's regular panel of trainers. She is a practising solicitor and has over 20 years’ experience of advising universities and colleges on their property assets and student relationship management. She has won several awards for her work. More than 60 universities and student housing organisations have come to her for advice and training since she formed Hatch Legal in 2007.


Martin Blakey, Chief Executive, Unipol Student Homes

Martin Blakey has worked in the student accommodation area for over 20 years with a wide experience of all kinds of student housing, from off-street to purpose built properties. Has worked closely with HEIs, Local Authorities, Governments and major supplier to raise housing standard and widen student choice and expectations. As Chief Executive of Unipol, (a charity focusing on student housing) Martin helped develop a portfolio housing 3,000 students in Leeds, provides services to around 15 HEIs, accredits just over 220,000 bed spaces and operates the main training programme for those involved in student accommodation. The mission continues.

Cost per delegate

Normal Delegate Rate - £270
Friends of Unipol Rate - £235

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