HMO Day 2020

HMO Regulation, Law and Practice - A day with the professionals

The HMO Day will take place on Wednesday 19 August

  • 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 – you need to attend our 2020 HMO Day! 

Our 2020 HMO Day is delivered online so you can watch in the comfort of your own home.  You will need a computer with up to date internet software (preferably Chrome or Firefox), audio and decent broadband.  

The system we use is easy to use and you will be given detailed guidance.  You will also be given access to a special password protected area where you can download the speakers powerpoints on the day, and view our bonus material.

Bookings will close at 5.30 pm on Tuesday 18 August 2020

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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 Day

Six talks on important HMO issues delivered by 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 will be opened by Solicitor and MD of Landlord Law, Tessa Shepperson, who is also the event organiser.  Tessa will be giving out any notices about the day but will fairly swiftly pass you on to the first speaker of the day ...

Dean Underwood

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

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

Tara O’LearyThis talk will be taken by Tara O'Leary, a housing barrister from Cornerstone Chambers.  In this talk, she will be considering what local authorities' powers are to charge for licence applications, and when these can be challenged.

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

A chance for you to relax and consider all that you have learned during the morning.  We may also provide some additional information or sponsors videos during this time.

David BeachThis talk will be delivered by David Beach who is director of enforcement at Waltham Forest London Borough Council.  David will be giving his top tips for avoiding licensing and management 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 will be looking at rights, practice and procedure with HMO related appeals.

Questions and answersWe have allowed about 15 minutes for questions in the speakers' talks, but this is almost certainly not going to be long enough.  You may also have HMO related questions which are not covered by the HMO Day talks.  This is your opportunity - all the speakers will be available and Tessa Shepperson will be putting your questions.  So make sure you have them ready!  The event will end at 5.00 pm.

Bonus Items

We are also making available some additional recordings on HMO issues which are not specifically covered in the HMO Day talks.  These will be available in the special ‘delegates’ page.  You will be given access to this as soon as you sign up to the event.

Videos include two talks by solicitor David Smith, on planning issues and on Council Tax liability and valuation issues.

About the online event

A quick look at what will happen and how it will work

For our online ‘virtual event’ we are using some special ‘online summit software’ called HeySummit. 

All payments will be made via our normal Landlord Law online payments system which will grant you access to the delegates page.  Then, everyone who books a place on the HMO Day will then be imported into the online event nearer the time.

Once you have been imported into the event website you will be sent emails via site system which will log you in to watch the talks at the correct time.

You will be able to watch as many or as few of the presentations as you like.  All of the presentations will be recorded so missing them will not be a big problem – as you will be able to watch them later as a ‘replay’.   The replays and the HMO Day event site will remain online for all delegates to view until Friday 20 November.

You will also be able to put questions and have discussions with other delegates in the discussion areas below the presentation videos.   

Feedback from customers at our Virtual Conference

Although this is the first HMO Day we have run, we are using the same system that we used for our Virtual Conference in May.  Here are some comments from delegates at that event:

As we live in N Devon this was an ideal way for us both to enjoy a conference albeit a virtual one without the need for major arrangements here at home. Very good value, a real no brainer, as one fee for two people. Has been so enjoyable, relaxing, and, of course, such good value, and has been useful to visit parts later on.



I was dubious about taking part in a virtual conference beforehand but I really enjoyed it and found I concentrated much better in the comfort of my own home. The content and subject matter were spot on for our business and all the speakers were very good.


Letting Agent

Well done on providing a very useful online Conference this year at short notice! The speakers were excellent, the technology worked well and it was very convenient.


Letting Agent


What you get:

  • Access to HMO Day Event website, where (at the appropriate times) you will be able to view:
  • 6 half hour talks from experts (mostly barristers and solicitors) followed by a 15 minutes question time for each talk
  • A 1  hour Q&A session with speakers at the end of the day, and
  • Online access to all talks for three months after the HMO Day ends
  • Information mailings about the Event

The Event fee is £120 (£100 + VAT) per person

Payment should be made online (by credit / debit card or PayPal) via our shopping cart.

Note – if the person booking the place is not the intended delegate, or if you are booking more than one place – you will need to contact us ASAP after booking with the delegates details.

Payment by invoice is possible but will be subject to a 10% admin fee and event discounts and coupons cannot be used.  If you wish to pay by invoice please get in touch.


The following discount will be applied automatically when booking online:

  • Landlord Law Members – 10%

Landlord Law members will also be able to offset their Landlord Law points balance.

Discounts are only available when booking and paying online.  Landlord Law members MUST be logged in to get their discounts.

How to book your place:

  • Click on one of the buy buttons on this page – this will take you to our shopping cart ‘basket’
  • If you are booking for more than one person, adjust the number in the ‘quantity’ box and click the grey ‘update basket’ button
  • If you are entitled to a discount this will be automatically applied
  • If you are a Landlord Law members with a points balance, you will also be able to offset your points (if you have problems doing this – email us and we will do a manual refund for your points value)
  • If appropriate add the relevant coupon code to the coupons field
  • Then click the ‘proceed to checkout’ button
  • You can pay via card (which can be credit or debit card) or pay pal
  • Once you have paid you will automatically be sent a VAT receipt by our system.
  • You will also be given immediate access to the Delegates Information Page
  • We will be in touch shortly afterwards with further details about the event

NB Terms & conditions apply (the page will open in a new tab or window).

We will be donating 20% of ticket sales after VAT and expenses to Crisis UK to support their work with the homeless.

Remember - bookings will close at 5.30 pm the day before, in

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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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