The buy-to-let market is constantly evolving and, if you’re a landlord who already accommodates established tenants, you’ll know how demanding it can be. Landlord events can be a useful resource if you’re looking to advance your skills and knowledge in order to stay ahead in this frequently changing environment. Below, we provide a guide to this year’s event highlights.
NLA Landlord Foundation Course, Manchester, Wednesday 24th June
The National Landlord Association (NLA) regularly runs its Foundation Course throughout the year. The next event takes place in Manchester on the 24th June. This one-day event is designed to help both new and experienced landlords develop their professional skills, and receive up to date guidance and advice about the industry.
In addition, the NLA course provides a valuable networking opportunity and a chance to meet other landlords and collectively share experiences of the trade. With experienced trainers, who are also landlords, this course allows you to improve your knowledge and reach the level that’s required to become accredited with the NLA.
Admission costs between £95-£125. These events run regularly, so keep an eye on the events calendar to find one near you.
NLA Possession Course, London, Thursday 25th June
The Possessions Course also runs regularly throughout the year. The next course takes place in London on the 25th June. The one-day course is centred on possession matters, with the aim being to give landlords a detailed understanding of how they can gain possession of their properties.
The course hosts a number of practical workshops, including an introduction to possession, how to complete a Section 21 notice, grounds for Section 8 possession, and how to avoid harassment and unlawful eviction. The course demonstrates how to carry out these proceedings yourself with the relevant paperwork and correct procedures.
Admission prices are the same as those for the NLA foundation course.
The Homebuilding & Renovating Show, Sandown Park, Saturday 27th to Sunday 28th June
The Homebuilding and Renovating Show aims to turn your plans into reality. So, whether you’re thinking of building a new home, adding an extension to your current rental property or simply want to remodel the current layout, this event is worth a visit.
With experts from over 220 specialist companies in attendance, there’ll be someone who can help you with any queries you may have, including those relating to planning permission or building regulations.
Plus, Dulux will be there to help consult with you on the finishing touches. Essentially, there’ll be someone to guide you with every step of your plan.
There are numerous shows throughout the year, so be on the lookout for the ones closest to you. Admission prices range from £8-£16, depending on the days you’d like to attend.
NLA PAT Course, Bristol, Wednesday 15th July
The NLA PAT Course is designed for landlords who are looking to learn how they can carry out their own safety checks on any portable appliances they provide for their tenants. The next course will be held in Bristol on the 15th July.
A largely practical course, it’s also very comprehensive, including details on legislation, electric shock, user tests and formal visual inspections.
At the end of the course, a practical test is conducted, to ensure that you’re fully competent in carrying out all necessary checks. Those who pass the practical exam will be sent a certificate to recognise their capability of undertaking these checks.
Admission will cost you between £155-£185.
Landlord & Letting Show, London, Wednesday 9th to Thursday 10th September
The Landlord & Letting Show heads to London in September, as it has since its inception in 2006. If you’re interested in property management, the Landlord & Letting Show is ideal as it’ll provide you with all the latest industry information on legislation, available products and services, as well as advice, information and networking opportunities.
With free seminars on a range of topics, and direct access to Associations and Governing Bodies, the Landlord & Letting Show is suitable for landlords of all experience levels. You can register for the free event via the website now.
National Landlord Day, Edinburgh, Tuesday 3rd November
On the 3rd of November, the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) will host their major conference and exhibition, on what’s dubbed ‘National Landlord Day’ in Scotland.
The scale and scope of this event has grown every year in the last seven years, and this year’s eighth version promises to be the biggest and best yet, with high profile speakers and experts in residential lettings, as well as over 40 trade stands where you can browse goods and services.
Landlord Investment Show, London, Thursday 19th November
Hosted throughout the year, the last Landlord Investment Show of 2015 will be hosted in London on the 19th November.
The Landlord Investment Show aims to connect landlords, investors, developers and property professionals with industry leaders and suppliers. The Landlord Investment Show works as a great networking event, helping connect you with industry experts who can help maximise your income by improving your understanding of buy-to-let properties.
As a bonus this year, the first 50 people through the doors will receive a year’s free subscription to Landlord Investor Magazine - providing regular industry analysis and commentary.
With over 70 companies in attendance as well as 18 seminars, you’ll be able to learn more about topics such as legal services, investment opportunities, and property management. Admission is free and tickets can be booked via the website.
In addition to the events highlighted, there are others running at various locations throughout the UK each year. So keep an eye out, and you’ll find the right event to develop your career as a professional landlord.
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All information correct as of 10/06/2015