Raising Rented Housing Standards in the East Midlands


Review of the Landlords' Summit 2007

Housing Exhibition & Conference

Organised by Decent and Safe Homes (DASH), the East Midlands Landlord Summit, Housing Exhibition & Conference 2007 took place at Pride Park Stadium, Derby on 2nd October and was an undoubted success.

Key Achievements of the Event

  • Meeting leading industry experts
  • Up to the minute information
  • Availability of products and services
  • Networking opportunity to connect with other landlords

With over 200 landlords attending the summit, and speakers from many aspects of private sector housing,this event was a one-stop shop for all landlords needs. Tom Toumazou, DASH Project Manager, opened proceedings with a welcome to the event and outlined the programme for the day.


Visitors to the summit benefited from a series of free seminars.  Key speakers were invited to present seminars to up to 50 delegates.  Seminars took place hourly between 1pm and 6pm.  The seminars were informative, with lively debates during question and answer sessions.

Key speakers on the day were:

  • John Socha (National Landlords Association) and Frank Hardy (East Midlands Property Owners) discussing Landlord Associations and outlining the benefits of membership.
  • Maurice Curtin (Policy & Development, Derby City Council) introduced the latest changes to Housing Benefit with the introduction of Local Housing Allowance, and discussed how this will affect landlords
  • Professor Martin Partington (Law Commission) talked about the proposed changes to tenancy agreements which will affect all private landlords.
  • John Socha (National Landlord Association) explained the new Tenancy Deposit Protection scheme and the options open to landlords in order to comply with the new legislation.
  • Toyin Davidson-Ero (Landlord Support Services) delivered a seminar about how to deal with problem tenants, including eviction procedures.
  • Robert Graver (The Alan Boswell Group) presented the fundamentals of property investment in his Investment Advice seminar.
  • Kevin Firth (Deposit Protection Service) took an in-depth look at the Deposit Protection Service and its benefits to Landlords.

All presentations from the East Midland Landlords Summit 2007 are available to download below.


The Summit provided delegates with the opportunity to visit over 30 exhibition stands.  Representatives from each organisation were on hand to give out advice and information to landlords.

Present on the day were:

  • government agencies and specialist lawyers such as Local Authority housing departments, Derby Home Energy Advice and Andersons Solicitors.
  • the latest buy-to-let mortgages from Leeds Building Society and landlord insurance from Coversure Insurance Services.
  • specialist letting agents Martin & Co.
  • great deals on safety products, compact kitchens from Elfin Kitchens, advice on utility management and supplies.

Giving Landlords a Voice

On hand to answer any landlord enquiries were the Question Time Panel:

Tom Toumazou           (Decent & Safe Homes (DASH) Project Manager)

Rob Rylott                  (Housing Standards Manager, Derby City Council)

Maurice Curtin            (Policy & Development Manager, Derby City Council)

Frank Hardy               (President, East Midlands Property Owners)

John Socha                (Vice-President National Landlords Association)

The session was filled with lively debate, leading Tom Toumazou to comment; "Valuable contributions were made from the audience, notably from landlord Paul Griffiths, on a wide range of important issues."

Two main topics were raised by delegates:

  • Housing benefit : landlords were concerned about changes to the way housing benefit will now be administered, and highlighted that as benefit will now be paid directly to the tenant, this may cause problems of rent arrears and deter landlords from letting to such tenants.

  • Difficulties caused by the inability to transfer HMO licences.  It was highlighted that as an HMO licence is granted to a specific landlord, when that landlord sells that particular property, the new owner, should they wish to let the property, will have to apply for another licence.  This could cause potential problems with the sale.

This hour-long session provided the audience with the opportunity to pose any private sector housing question to the panel, who were then able to provide individual feedback.  This was welcomed by the delegates who found it extremely valuable.

As delegates began to leave it was evident that they had benefited from the day.  Here is a snapshot of opinions from delegates and speakers:

"Although this is the first one I've been involved with, I'm pleased with the turn out and I am looking forward to taking things forward."

"I really enjoyed the seminar.  It was a great opportunity to meet likeminded people and get tips from the speakers."

 "I think the summit was a huge success."

"A very well organised conference. It is clear that DASH is doing outstanding work to raise standards in the private rented sector." Professor Martin Partington.

"A very useful day meeting landlords and addressing their concerns about the Tenancy Deposit Scheme.   An excellent event." John Socha, Vice Chairman NLA.


DASH was formed to help with the introduction of the Housing Act 2004. The event formed part of DASH's drive to improve standards in the private rented sector in the East Midlands.

If you:

  • Want to find out more about DASH conferences and training
  • Know someone who could benefit from our services

call           01332 715870                email       dash@derby.gov.uk

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