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Welcome from our Director of Operations Andrew Pritchard


Keynote Speech:

By Tommy Walsh


Bitesize talks:

  • The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act and what it means for landlords with Joanne Young
  • Electrical Safety in the Private Rented Sector with Ian Halton


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Image of Tommy WalshKeynote speaker

English TV personality, presenter and celebrity builder best known for his DIY television shows:

Tommy Walsh

Tommy is best known for his presenting role in Ground Force alongside Charlie Dimmock and Alan Titchmarsh. Educated at Parmiter's School, then a grammar school in Bethnal Green, Walsh became a builder and first came to public attention after appearing in the BBC television gardening programme Ground Force. He stayed with the show for the rest of its run, from 1997 to 2005.

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Bitesize talks

Image of Joanne YoungThe Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act and what it means for landlords with:

Joanne Young, Legal Director for Ashfords LLP

Joanne works in the Property Litigation Team at Ashfords LLP and has a wide range of experience of dealing with a variety of property-based litigation issues, with particular expertise in housing management.

Joanne regularly advises private individuals, companies and public/quasi-public bodies on matters including residential landlord and tenant issues, restrictive covenants, adverse possession claims, party wall claims and boundary disputes. She also has experience of advising in commercial property-based disputes including business tenancy termination and dilapidations claims.

Joanne's expertise has been recognised by both Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners in recent years.

Joanne will focus on The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 and what it means for landlords.

Image of Ian HaltonElectrical safety in the private rented sector with:

Ian Halton, NAPIT Business Relationship Director

With over 15 years of experience in the electrical trade, Ian Halton is an established voice within the industry. Through his role as Business Relationship Director at NAPIT, whom he has worked for since 2010, Ian is responsible for educating Local Authorities across the country on the latest electrical issues.

Prior to working for NAPIT, Ian spent 8 years in the installation sector, with this knowledge now informing his current work with Local Authorities.

Ian will be highlighting the need for landlords to ensure an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is completed by landlords for their properties. EICR's are reinforced by the Home Safety Guidance documents, which encourages landlords to carry out their own visual inspections, not just on electrical items. The legislation also covers, gas, solid fuel, legionella, carbon monoxide, smoke alarms and fire escapes.

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