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Scottish Housing Policy Conference: A Fair, Flexible Future Rental Market

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The Scottish Housing Policy Conference will take place across three online sessions from 8 - 10 February 2022.

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A century ago, nine out of ten Scots lived in privately owned rental housing. With post-1915 control regimes, changing income and preferences and growing non market provision the sector declined in importance, housing only one in sixteen Scots in what had become a diverse mosaic of different kinds of provision. For the last quarter century, the failure of governments to make real their aspirations for an ever-growing home-ownership sector and an under provision of social housing to meet burgeoning waiting lists have meant that private rental housing provision has significantly re-expanded. Now high rental payment burdens, sometimes poor-quality homes and inadequate landlord services have attracted political attention to reforming the sector. The diversity of sector users, landlord types and quality of housing provided means that constructing a framework for fairness and flexibility needs nuanced policy-making, evidence and clear thinking. This conference aims to help the Scottish Government make better rental sector policies for future Scotland.

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SESSION 1: A GROWING MOSAIC

Tuesday 8th February, 14:00 - 16:00

Recorded presentations (shared in advance):

  • Demand segments in the contemporary private rented sector - Prof Ken Gibb (CaCHE)
  • Dr Tom Simcock (Edgehill University)

Live webinar: Growth and Pressures in the Sector

Chair: Prof Duncan MacLennan, Policy Scotland

Speakers:

  • Prof Ken Gibb, CaCHE
  • Dr Tom Simcock, Edgehill University
  • Dr Kim McKee, Stirling University
  • Matthew McNulty, Glasgow City Council
  • Mrs Jean Charsley, Glasgow Tenant-Led Housing Commission

SESSION 2: SUPPLY SIDE REACTIONS

Wednesday 9th February, 14:00 - 16:00

Recorded presentations (shared in advance):

  • Economic consequences of rent controls – Prof Stephen Malpezzi (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Designing effective rent controls: European experience – Prof Christine Whitehead (London School of Economics)
  • What works best in Canada? – Prof Steve Pomeroy (Focus Consulting Inc. & McMaster University)

Live webinar: Fair, and Flexible?

Chair: Prof Duncan MacLennan

Speakers:

  • Prof Stephen Malpezzi, University of Wisconsin–Madison,
  • Prof Christine Whitehead, LSE
  • Prof Steve Pomeroy, McMaster University
  • Matthew Benson, Rettie & Co.
  • Mike Campbell, Scottish Association of Landlords
  • David Cowans, Places for People

SESSION 3: PROPOSALS & POLICY IMPLICATIONS

Thursday 10th February, 14:00 - 16:00

Recorded presentations (shared in advance):

  • Getting the right balance – opinion from tenants and landlords – Anna Evans, Dr Briege Nugent, Mandy Littlewood (Indigo House) and Dr John Boyle (Rettie and Co)
  • TBC - Prof Alex Marsh & Prof Ken Gibb (CaCHE)
  • COVID-19 Temporary legislation: The pitfalls of treating landlords as a homogenous group - Dr Andrew Watson (University of Glasgow)
  • Everyday Activism: Private Tenants Demand Right to Home – Dr Adriana Mihaela Soaita (CaCHE)

Live webinar: How do we get the right balance?

Chair: Prof Duncan MacLennan, Policy Scotland

Speakers:

  • Prof Ken Gibb, CaCHE
  • Dr Adriana Mihaela Soaita, CaCHE
  • Mrs Jean Charsley, Glasgow Tenant-Led Housing Commission

Zoom link to join the conference: https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/92020458480


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Organiser UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE)

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UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) is a national research centre which aims to advance knowledge of the housing market, provide robust evidence to inform policy and practice, and bring together a range of stakeholders to tackle housing problems across the UK.

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