Minister Patrick Harvie to deliver keynote address at Propertymark’s Scottish National Conference

Scottish Tenants’ Rights Minister Patrick Harvie will deliver the keynote address at Propertymark’s Scottish National Conference to be held at the Glasgow Grosvenor Hotel on September 15, 2022.

Mr Harvie is expected to give an update on the Scottish Government’s rental sector strategy, as well as the promised national rent control system and the upcoming Housing Bill.

Delegates will also be able to meet Stephen McCarron, the new president of NAEA Propertymark.

Other speakers include Rory Cowan, one of the leading providers of legal services to the private rented sector (PRS) in Scotland, and Clare Yates, from CY Training Works, Dr John Boyle, property economist and chartered surveyor, and Lorna Kerr , business development. director of Landmark Scotland.

Timothy Douglas, Head of Policy and Campaigns for Propertymark, said:

“By our September conference, we expect the Scottish Government to have published its response to the A new deal for tenants consultation and for having developed their proposals on rent control.

“Having Patrick Harvie among our speakers recognizes the important work done by the many professionals operating in the housing sector in Scotland and we look forward to hearing his update. It will be a busy and informative program which will be of great interest to all sales and rental agents.

Patrick Harvie MSP, Minister for Tenants’ Rights, said:

“I am delighted to be attending Propertymark’s National Scottish Conference, to bring us together to discuss issues important to the private rental sector in Scotland. Since my arrival in this position, I have made it a priority to listen to tenants, landlords and agents, on how we improve the rental together.

“We are committed to improving accessibility, affordability and standards across the rental industry. Our consultation on the New Deal for Tenants presents an ambitious set of proposals for the gradual implementation of a plan, over the next five years, to ensure that the rights and needs of people renting accommodation in Scotland are respected.

“This includes our commitment to introduce rent controls during this legislature and we will continue to engage with letting agents, landlords and tenants to do so in a way that is robust, provides lasting benefits to tenants and works for responsible owners.”

The conference is sponsored by Vouch, an online tenant referral system. Tickets cost £99 (+VAT) for members and £130 (+VAT) for non-members. Book a place atwww.propertymark.co.uk/careers-learning/conferences/scottish-national-conference.html.