A change in weather notwithstanding, the Landlord Investment Show summer event at Old Billingsgate was the most successful July show to date, with the highest summer attendance ever, in spite of the drizzle.

The morning panel session – General Election: Positive News or Total Disaster – was absolutely superb. Sadly (but not entirely unexpectedly) Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP was called away at the last minute for some urgent electioneering, but we’d like to say a huge thank you to Ian Collins for doing a brilliant job of hosting, and to our panellists, David Smith, Carly Jerymn, Maxine Fothergill and Peter Littlewood, who gave the audience an animated and highly informative debate.

Topics covered included the Labour Party’s pledge to enforce an immediate ban on Section 21, and how it is legislatively impossible in anything less than say, an 18 month period. As we have already pointed out in previous articles, the Renters Reform Bill took years of consultation to come to fruition and hadn’t even cleared Parliament when it was shelved for the General Election. The feeling amongst the panellists was that even fairly minor amendments will push it back significantly and a complete rework could take years.

LIS Show – MPU

It was also pointed out by our panellists that the failure to build sufficient housing stock has been a chronic failure of successive governments, regardless of hue, and that the Labour Party plan to build 1.5 Million homes in a 5 year period is at best fanciful. The last time a domestic house-building scheme of this magnitude was attempted was actually under the ambitious auspices of a post-war Conservative Government in the 1950s. Will a new Government have the appetite for this once elected? Time will tell but given the historical precedent, our panellists thought it unlikely.

The spectre of increased Taxation also raised its thorny head, but again the consensus amongst the panel was that both of the major political parties in the UK seem to have a hostile attitude towards landlords and the Private Rented Sector, so a change of political party is unlikely to make a great deal of difference.

By the time you’re reading this the election polling will be well and truly underway, but it was great to hear the expert input from our panellists in anticipation of what will likely be a change of government.

Heat 2 of Landlord Mastermind saw Paul Shamplina grill three portfolio landlords on their knowledge of the sector. As with the first heat, it was a hugely entertaining session and saw the winning contestant Leigh qualifying for the Landlord Mastermind finale back at Old Billingsgate on October 30th.

As always, the rest of the show was positively teeming with property professionals seeking help and guidance from our packed hall of exhibitors and 4 seminar rooms of expert speakers.

Steve Cox from Alan Boswell Group said of the day:

“Another great event organised by the whole team at National Landlord Investment Show. Great turnout of landlords and property owners that we were able to promote our services to. Also lovely to catch up with existing clients and companies that we work with. We’ve attended these shows from the very first event over 10 years ago and they continue to get better and better. Long may it continue.”

Dan Nelson from PropertyCEO added:

“I just wanted to say a huge thankyou for your support yesterday and to also congratulate you all on yet another superb exhibition in London. It was an absolute pleasure to take to the stage again and talk to so many like minded property professionals. We built relationships with many new professionals including lots of service providers and we very much look forward to joining you at the next show and seeing you all again very soon.”

In short, it was another superb show at Old Billingsgate which proved again why, after 11 years, the National Landlord Investment Show remains the UK’s Number One property and professional landlord show. See below pics for a snapshot of the day.

Next stop on the show trail is Bristol on 25 September, followed by Manchester on 15 October, before returning to London for our season finale on 30 October. Find out more and book your free show tickets here.

Finally, a huge thank you to the sponsors, exhibitors, speakers and guests for making it such a fantastic show. Wishing you the very best on your property investment journey.

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