Minister to give keynote speech at Scottish National Conference

Minister for Tenants’ Rights, Patrick Harvie MSP will give the keynote speech on the Scottish Government’s Rented Sector Strategy at Propertymark’s Scottish National Conference on 15 September 2022 in Glasgow.

It is expected by then a response to the New Deal for Tenants consultation will have been published and the Scottish Government to have further developed their proposals on rent control. Delegates will have the chance to question Harvie and understand how he’s listened to tenants, landlords and agents to make renting better together.

The consultation lays out an ambitious set of proposals for the phased implementation of a five-year plan, to ensure that the rights and needs of people who rent homes are met as the Scottish Government remains committed to improving accessibility, affordability, and standards across the rented sector.

Programme for property agents

Dr John Boyle from Rettie & Co will explore key trends in the Scottish sales and rental markets since the last market crash in 2008 and draw out lessons focused on where we are now in terms of the housing market cycle, and where we are likely to be heading in the wake of recent changes.

Lorna Kerr of Landmark Scotland will outline the interests HMRC has on those operating in the property sector and what processes agents need to implement to keep compliant.

An update on all things legal affecting Scotland’s residential sales and lettings industry is included, as well as a legislative overview of the importance of adhering to the regulations.

Scottish National Conference

A brimming National Conference with a heavy focus on the latest legal changes and a legislative overview of key areas that affect residential sales and lettings to keep you fully informed. Plus, an overview of why HMRC focusses so much on the property industry and what processes you need to implement to avoid seeing them at your door. Also, learn the best way to deal with difficult people with simple ways to keep your customers calm and respond positively to complaints.

Having Patrick Harvie amongst our speakers recognises the important work carried out 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 programme that will be of huge interest to all sales and letting agents.
Daryl McIntosh Policy Manager | Propertymark