Friday 08 November 2019

155-157 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 3ED

Understanding Licensing in Student Accommodation - How does it work and how are things developing

Understanding Licensing in Student Accommodation

A one day course looking at how the regulatory environment operates in England in all kinds of student accommodation from off-street housing, converted buildings and PBSA. Suitable for housing providers, those working in student services and housing advisers who want to understand how licensing operates.

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9.30am - 9.50amRegistration (Tea and coffee available)

9.50am - 10.10amWelcome and Introduction of Delegates

10.10am - 10.40amThe Housing Policy Environment: Licensing and the Regulatory Route in England since 2004 and comparisons with Scotland and Wales. Martin Blakey, Chief Executive, Unipol

10.40am - 10.50amQuestions and discussion

10.50am - 11.20amEducation Institutional Provision and Licensing: when is a building controlled and managed by an educational institution and the interplay between accreditation and the Approved National Codes. Martin Blakey, Chief Executive, Unipol

11.20am - 11.35pmBreak (Tea and coffee available)

11.35pm - 12.10pm Mandatory Licensing and Its Recent Extension: what is an HMO, what HMOs are licensable, flats - a whole building or flat by flat approach, and converted buildings. Richard Lord, Director of Housing Audit Services Limited

12.10pm - 12.20pmQuestions and discussion

12.20pm - 12.50pmCase Study of Nottingham: what Nottingham did, local authority powers to apply additional and/or selective licensing, the local policy environment, how a scheme is framed, how approval is obtained, the length of the scheme. Graham de Max, Housing Strategy and Partnership Manager, Nottingham City Council

12.50pm - 1.40pmLunch (Provided)

1.40pm - 2.30pmAdditional and Selective Licensing: what is being licensed, Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA), cost and process, the recent independent review on selective licensing and its recommendations on student housing. Richard Lord

2.30pm - 2.50pmQuestions and discussion

2.50pm - 3.20pm Responding Effectively to Consultations on Additional and Selective Licensing Martin Blakey

3.20pm - 3.50pm Systems for Appeals and Disputes with Local Authority Rulings (includes some case studies) Richard Lord and Martin Blakey

3.50pm - 4.20pmGeneral discussion and end



Richard Lord, Director of Housing Audit Services Ltd.

Richard is a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner and has specialised in private sector housing regulation since 2004. Between 2004-2013 he previously managed the housing standards enforcement team. Richard is an expert on the Housing Act 2004 on the HHSRS and on risk assessment, holding specific qualifications in this area from the Fire Protection Association. He is also a senior verifier under the ANUK/Unipol National Codes and in this role fully understands the issues around PBSA.

Martin Blakey, Chief Executive, Unipol Student Homes.

Martin was involved as a Government advisor in the student aspects of the 2004 Housing Act and had a hand in founding the Government Approved National Codes. He wrote the current test for what constitutes a building controlled and managed by educational institutions. Unipol has worked closely with both Leeds and Nottingham City Councils, both of whom use licensing extensively in their high density student areas. Nottingham operates one of the few city-wide selective licensing schemes.

Graham de Max, Housing Strategy and Partnership Manager, Nottingham City Council.

Graham has policy oversight for Nottingham’s three licensing schemes and has overseen the additional and selective licensing process gaining Government support for these schemes. He has also taken the lead in defending the Council against an unsuccessful judicial review process challenging the Council in respect of its first additional licensing scheme.



Cost per delegate

Normal Delegate Rate - £225

Normal Delegate Rate - £195

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