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PRS Conference 2023 - Shaping the sector: the future of private renting

  • Private rented sector

Marking 10 years of our annual landmark event. 

Members £110
Non-members £135
(discounted rates and bursaries available)

Sales for this event are now closed.

Event details


Hybrid conference.
In person at the Skainos Centre, and online



9:15am to 4:00pm

Join us as we mark 10 years of our annual landmark private rented sector conference.

This year we will be discussing the progress made in the private rented sector over the last decade and looking forward to the next ten years, identifying strides we can make to deliver a safer, more sustainable and futureproofed sector for all.

We will begin the day by setting the scene for the current context including trends and challenges in the private rented sector.  This overview will set us up for a day that will touch on a range of issues, including challenges facing low-income households and delivering a fit for purpose private rented sector within the next ten years.

We’ll be joined by a range of expert speakers, experts by experience, and government representatives. There will also be a mix of panel discussions, and delegates will have the opportunity to attend facilitated break-out sessions.


  • Housing Rights members: £110
  • Non-members: £135
  • Group discounts available, contact Noeleen Lynn for further information on group bookings.


We recognise the important role people in the private rented sector can play in shaping the sector and are keen to have their input into our conference. A number of bursaries are available thanks to our headline sponsor Tenancy Deposit Scheme Northern Ireland. Contact Noeleen Lynn for further information and to avail of a bursary.


We would like to thank our sponsors for enabling us to deliver this event:


Sales for this event are now closed.

If you are interested in attending please contact [email protected]

Conference programme available here

What we will cover

  • overview of the current context of the PRS
  • affordability
  • challenges facing private renters
  • electrical fire safety
  • participation of experts by experience
  • a fit for purpose private rented sector
  • fitness standards
  • older people in the PRS
  • climate

Who should attend?

  • private renters
  • landlords and service providers
  • political representatives
  • government departments and statutory bodies


  • Chair, Professor Paddy Gray
  • David Polley, Department for Communities
  • Jordan Buchanan, PropertyPal
  • Kieran McQuinn, Economic and Social Research Institute
  • Jenni Millar and Brigitte Anton, Renters' Voice
  • Alex Marsh
  • John-Mark McCafferty, Threshold
  • Timothy Douglas, Propertymark
  • Tom Dinnen and Aiden Byrne, East Belfast Mission
  • Julie Lavery and Karen Barr, Department for Communities
  • Maria Curran, Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council
  • Tom Darling, Generation Rent
  • Kellie Armstrong MLA, The Alliance Party
  • Jamie Miller, National Energy Action
  • Eamonn Hunt, Tenancy Deposit Scheme Northern Ireland
  • Ciara Ferguson MLA, Sinn Fein
  • Richard Smyth, Landlord Association Northern Ireland