HMO Day 2020

A chance to watch the recordings of our 2020 HMO Day - on HMO Regulation, Law and Practice

The course material includes a more recent training webinar to bring you up to date.

  • Are you an HMO Landlord (HMO stands for ‘House in Multiple Occupation’)?
  • Do you manage HMO Property?
  • Do you advise HMO landlords or tenants, or
  • Are you a Local Authority officer working with HMO landlords?

If so – these recordings have essential information for your work!

They are not normally available for sale - but you can get them provided you do so by Friday 27 August at 10.30 pm

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About our professional speakers

Dean Underwood

Dean is a barrister from Cornerstone Barristers in London

Richard Tacagli

Richard Tacagni

Richard is MD at London Property Licensing

Tara O’Leary

Tara O'Leary

Tara is a barrister from Cornerstone Barristers in London

David Smith

David Smith

David is a solicitor and partner at JMW Solicitors

David Beach

David Beach

David is the Director of Enforcement at Waltham Forest LBC

Sarah Cummins

Sarah Cummins

Sarah is a solicitor at Anthony Gold Solicitors

About the Talks

Six talks on important HMO issues were delivered by our experts:

  • Two barristers,
  • Two solicitors,
  • One Local Authority enforcement officer and
  • An HMO Expert.

Find out more by clicking the green headings below – they should open up so you can see the talk info and speakers picture.

Tessa Shepperson

The HMO Day was opened by Solicitor and MD of Landlord Law, Tessa Shepperson with a brief introduction.

Dean Underwood

Our first talk was with housing barrister and HMO expert Dean Underwood of Cornerstone Barristers Chambers in London.  In this talk he explained what exactly are HMOs under the Housing Act 2004, and when they require a licence.

Richard TacagliRichard Tacagni runs London Property Licensing and specialises in helping landlords with their HMO Licence applications (as well as doing 'expert witness' work).  This talk will be a very useful guide to help you avoid expensive mistakes when making your license application.

Tara O’LearyThis talk was with Tara O'Leary, a housing barrister from Cornerstone Chambers.  Here she looked at local authorities' powers to charge for licence applications, and when these can be challenged by landlords.

David SmithThis talk was taken by solicitor David Smith, a partner with JMW Solicitors.  David is well known as an HMO expert.  In this talk, he discussed the management of HMO properties and the regulations that ALL HMO landlords must comply with  - whether or not a license is required.

David BeachThis talk was delivered by David Beach who is director of enforcement at Waltham Forest London Borough Council.  In this talk, David looked at how you can avoid licensing and enforcement under the 2004 Act.  So an important talk!

Sarah CumminsSometimes you will not want to accept the decision of your local authority - for example as regards refusal or a license or the conditions imposed.  What can you do then?  The answer is to appeal to the First-Tier Tribunal.  In this talk, solicitor Sarah Cummins of Anthony Gold Solicitors looked at rights, practice and procedure with HMO related appeals.

Questions and answersThe day ended with a lively Q&A session where delegates put their questions to the speakers.

Update Material:

The course material also includes the recording of a training webinar from July 2021 with HMO barrister Dean Underwood discussing recent case law on Rent Repayment Orders, plus information on the subsequent decision in the case of Rakusen v. Jepson.

Feedback from Delegates on the day:

Relevant and credible subject matter experts - well balanced between the key HMO dimensions of poachers and gamekeepers.



Landlord Law HMO training day has been an excellent opportunity to hear from a range of experts in this specialist field. The detailed information was delivered in a very clear and concise manner and questions readily discussed. I would recommend this course to everyone involved with HMO properties.



I wasn’t sure if I was meeting all the criteria for management of my large Hmo and agents kept trying to frighten me. I can safely say I only need to add more frequent inspections and I’m all set. Feeling very empowered and know I know where to find all the knowledge I need in future.


Property Manager


What you get:

  • Six recordings of talks from experts (mostly barristers and solicitors)
  • A recording of the 1  hour Q&A session with speakers at the end of the day
  • Online access for one year

The Event fee was £120 (£100 + VAT) per person – but you can buy this course for 

£36 (£30 + VAT) – that’s a 70% discount!

(Note that this course is also available free of charge to Landlord Law Annual members)

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Remember - this course is only available until Friday 27 August 2021 at 10.30 pm
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Feedback on some of our speakers:

Dean Underwood

He is outstanding ...produces clear paperwork, writes well and has an excellent grip on all the legal issues.
Chambers UK Bar 2015

David Smith

David went through a very difficult subject area and made is interesting and understandable
John Coyne

Richard Tacagni

A real star who thinks outside the box and makes things happen.
Debbie (Crew) Thompson
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