Wednesday 21 November 2018

Unipol Board Room, 155 - 157 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 3ED

Legal Changes Affecting Student Accommodation - You Will be Affected (Leeds)

An important half day seminar to update those involved in running student accommodation in recent legal and regulatory changes

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09.20am – 09.45am Registration and Coffee
09.45am - 09.55am Welcome and Introductory Remarks
09.55am - 10.35am The Tenant Fees Bill: What it Contains and How It will Affect both the University and Private Sector:
  • Limits on fees and the effect on booking fees
  • Maximum deposits
  • How it will affect current practice
10.25am - 10.35am Discussion
10.35am - 11.05am The Extension of Mandatory Licensing and the interplay of Additional Licensing and Selective Licensing:
  • HEI exemptions
  • The new distinction between PBSA and converted accommodation
  • Sampling and discounting
11.05am - 11.15am Questions and discussion
11.15am – 11.30am Break (Tea and coffee available)
11.30am - 11.45am An Update on The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill
11.45am - 12.15pm What’s in the Pipeline?
  • Regulation for high rise buildings after Grenfell
  • Three year tenancies
  • Deposit protection
12.15pm - 12.30pm Discussion and 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 nearly 20 years’ experience of advising universities and colleges on their property assets and student relationship management.  She won the Corporate INTL Education Lawyer of the Year in the UK award in 2011, and is listed by Chambers Directory as a “notable practitioner”.

Martin Blakey, Chief Executive, Unipol Student Homes

Martin Blakey has worked in the student accommodation area for over 25 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 315,000 bed spaces and operates the main training programme for those involved in student accommodation. The mission continues.


There are a number of recent legislative and regulatory changes coming into effect that will directly affect the management of student accommodation. Most of these changes will have their full effect from early 2019 but a response to these changes will need to be fully in place for the 2019-2020 student intake next year.

This half day seminar is designed to provide specific information and advice on how those providing and running student accommodation will be affected and how they might respond to ensure the continued smooth running of their operation.

The regulatory changes are significant:

On 2nd October 2018 the Tenant Fees Bill received its second reading in the House of Lords and the final bill is likely to become law over the next few weeks, coming into effect in early 2019. The Act dramatically reduces the ability of those letting and managing accommodation to charge fees to tenants and restricts the level of deposits charged. Recent research shows that over 80% of both universities and private sector providers currently charge either a booking fee or an administrative fee.

October saw the extension of Mandatory Licensing under regulatory powers contained in the Housing Act 2004. For the first time significant amounts of PBSA student accommodation will be included in the definition of mandatory licensing. The new definition of converted student accommodation brings many units into licensing. Coupled with this is the growing extension, at a local level, of both Additional and Selective Licensing. The seminar will look at what is being licensed, who is exempt and how best to approach the new licensing regimes.

The seminar also takes the opportunity to give a brief update on the effect of Karen Buck’s Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill which is about to come into law and which amends the relevant sections of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 by extending its obligations to cover almost all landlords and modernising the fitness for habitation test.

Finally, the day looks at what is in the pipeline with the Government consulting on the health and Safety framework for high rise buildings post-Grenfell and looking at minimum 3 year tenancies. Consultations that institutions and private providers need to be aware of and contribute towards in order to convince the Government of the special role that student accommodation fulfils.

The seminar is led by two experts in this specialist field and will provide some time for questions and discussions.

Cost per delegate

Normal Delegate Rate - £145

Friends of Unipol Rate - £125

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