National Landlord Day

The UK's largest landlord conference

Held each November in Edinburgh

Thank you – see you in 2019


Thank you to all delegates who joined us on 13 November 2018. We trust you found the conference engaging and informative.

Please see the slides from 2018 below. National Landlord Day will be back in November 2019. Details of the date and venue will be announced in due course.


09:00 – 10:15

Stratosphere: Registration, exhibition and refreshments

10:15 – 10:30

Biosphere: Welcome and introduction

John Blackwood and Stephen Jardine

10:30 – 11:00

Biosphere: Protecting your rental income in the face of changing taxation

Paul Macaulay, Turcan Connell

11:00 – 11:05

Change over

11:05 – 11:45

** Breakout sessions and exhibition **


Biosphere session: An alternative vision of private rented sector housing

Graham Simpson MSP with Stephen Jardine


Ozone session: Dispute Resolution - supporting a claim

David Hackett, Letting Protection Service Scotland


Showdome session: Understanding Universal Credit

Sandra Robinson and Susan Johnston, Department for Work and Pensions


Salisbury Suite session: Investing in training

Elspeth Boyle, Landlord Accreditation Scotland

11:45 – 11:55

Change over

11:55 – 12:35

** Breakout sessions and exhibition **


Biosphere session: Short term letting - what's all the fuss about?

Adam McVey, City of Edinburgh Council; Fiona Campbell, ASSC


Ozone session: Top 10 things to look out for with landlord insurance

Steve Cox, Alan Boswell Group


Showdome session: Could an empty home be your next investment?

Shaheena Din, The Scottish Empty Homes Partnership


Salisbury Suite session: Quality (mid tenancy) data- are you SSORTed?

Thomas Ashdown, Citylets

12:35 – 13:40

Stratosphere: Lunch and exhibition

13:40 – 14:15

** Breakout sessions and exhibition **


Biosphere session: Handling difficult situations

Carolyn Hirst, Hirstworks


Ozone session: Reducing costs in implementing the letting agent code

Fraser Sutherland, SME Professional


Showdome session: Quality (mid tenancy) data- are you SSORTed?

Thomas Ashdown, Citylets


Salisbury Suite session: Understanding Universal Credit

Sandra Robinson and Susan Johnston, Department for Work and Pensions

14:15 – 14:25

Change over

14:25 – 15:00

** Breakout sessions and exhibition **


Biosphere session: Enforcing tribunal decisions - the role of the sheriff officer

Ronnie Murison, Stirling Park LLP


Ozone session: Understand your EPC and improve its rating

Stephen McAlaney, Home Energy Scotland


Showdome session: Investing in training

Elspeth Boyle, Landlord Accreditation Scotland


Salisbury Suite session: Could an empty home be your next investment?

Shaheena Din, The Scottish Empty Homes Partnership

15:00 – 15:30

Stratosphere: Refreshments and exhibition

15:30 – 16:10

Biosphere: What's new in property finance?

David Morrison, EQ Accountants; Duncan MacInnes, Ruffer; Hugh Meechan, The Mortgage Lender

16:10 – 16:35

Biosphere: Tribunal decisions - what can we learn

Jim Bauld, TC Young LetLaw

16:35 – 16:45

Biosphere: Conference close

John Blackwood and Stephen Jardine


This speakers page will be updated in the run up to the event as the timetable is finalised.

Thomas Ashdown

Thomas Ashdown

Thomas founded Citylets in 1999 shortly after university as one of the UK’s earliest property portals. Since then he has steered its progression through to its position as Scotland’s certified leading lettings site attracting up to 4 million visitors per year.

With over 19 years’ experience at the forefront of the sector, he is one of the original dot-com pioneers and maintains a keen interest in the evolution of the sector.

Jim Bauld

Jim has specialised in Scottish tenancy law since 1994. He has over 30 years litigation experience and represents clients in sheriff courts throughout Scotland. Jim is highlighted in the Chambers Legal Guide as a notable practitioner; clients appreciate that he “has extensive experience of Scottish housing law and offers a pragmatic response to issues”.

He is a prolific contributor to events across Scotland, covering the whole range of housing law issues with the Scottish Association of Landlords, Chartered Institute of Housing, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, Landlord Accreditation Scotland, and local authorities, displaying a robust understanding of current issues.

Jim’s expertise has been externally acknowledged by his appointment as a legal member of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (Housing and Property Chamber). Jim has also been involved in Scottish government working groups which have dealt with a variety of proposals which have resulted in significant changes to housing law and practice.

John Blackwood

John has worked in the private rented sector for over 20 years and is widely recognised as one of the foremost experts on all aspects of the Scottish private rented sector (PRS). He represents SAL on Scottish Government committees working to inform and influence housing policy.

John is chief executive of SAL, managing director of Gladstones and chairman of Landlord Accreditation Scotland (LAS). John also holds a judicial appointment as a member of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (Housing & Property Chamber) and is a Chartered Institute of Housing chartered member.

Elspeth Boyle

Elspeth Boyle

Elspeth is LAS director with responsibility for the day to day operation of the company, specialising in the development and delivery of LAS’s training programme for both landlords and agents. Elspeth has worked in the private rented sector for over 15 years and has been with LAS since the scheme came into being in April 2008.

Many of you will have met Elspeth at LAS training courses and events and will have experienced her enthusiasm for sharing knowledge and best practice. You may also have heard Elspeth speaking at landlord forums and events around the country where she is often introduced as a “weel kent face” with her travels taking her all over Scotland from Orkney to Dumfries.

Fiona Campbell

Fiona was appointed as the ASSC’s first Chief Executive in February 2015. She was charged with growing the Association, recruiting new Members, and ensuring that member benefits are as comprehensive and valuable as possible.

In an ever-changing tourism landscape and as more and more business expenses and regulations appear on the horizon, as well as the opportunities and challenges created by the growing collaborative economy, the ASSC finds itself increasingly politically engaged on a national and European level.

Fiona works with key industry groups and stakeholders to support the representation that puts the ASSC at the forefront of the Scottish Tourism industry. Fiona has operated a four star self-catering house on the banks of Loch Long, Argyll for the last 15 years.

Shaheena Din

Shaheena has worked for Shelter Scotland for nine years in various roles.  This has provided an excellent working knowledge of the housing policy landscape in Scotland. Currently the national lead for the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership, Shaheena is an experienced professional with a track record of success, believes passionately in her work and is driven by having the opportunity to make a difference.

Known to laugh lots, Shaheena will say she is generally over excited and believes that when life gives you lemons, you got to make lemonade!

Skills include strategic planning, public speaking, coaching and influencing.

“The best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing” – Theodore Roosevelt

Carolyn Hirst

Carolyn Hirst works as a mediator, investigator, complaints reviewer, researcher, trainer and coach in her own business Hirstworks. She is a part-time housing mediation project development worker at Strathclyde University, the mediation practice supervisor for Cyrenians and an ordinary member of the Housing and Property Chamber. Carolyn worked previously as a deputy Scottish Public Services Ombudsman and in housing associations for nearly 20 years. She is a non-executive director of NHS Lothian and vice-chair of the Edinburgh Integration Joint Board. Carolyn is currently working with the University of Glasgow on a project relating to the impact on staff of being complained about.

Stephen Jardine

Stephen Jardine is one of Scotland’s best known journalists and broadcasters. He began his career in local radio then joined STV as a trainee reporter.

When GMTV launched, he became Scotland Correspondent then Europe Correspondent, based in Paris. He also worked as a London based correspondent and presenter on the station.

In 2000, Stephen returned to Scotland to present a range of programmes for Scottish Television including documentaries, live events, a daily talk show and the flagship news programme “Scotland Today” which he hosted along with Shereen Nanjiani, Viv Lumsden and Kirsty Young.

Stephen now presents radio and television programmes on BBC Scotland as well as writing for The Scotsman and Daily Record and running his own communications company.

Described by the Scotsman as “one of the most distinguished television journalists working outside London”, Stephen is a past winner of a Royal Television Society award.

Susan Johnston

Susan is based in Inverness and has had various roles within DWP for the last 25 years including customer service operational manager for the Highland and Western Isles Jobcentre network. She joined the universal credit programme four years ago and works with stakeholders across Scotland including supporting the Scottish Government to implement the flexibilities they have within universal credit.

Paul Macaulay

Paul is a partner at Turcan Connell, Scotland’s leading private client law firm which focuses on providing legal and tax advice to individuals and their families. Paul joined Turcan Connell in 2005, having studied law at the University of Aberdeen.

Paul specialises in advising property owners and family businesses on a range of issues including capital taxation, estate planning, asset protection and succession law. This includes advising on trusts, partnerships, other business structures and also wills and powers of attorney.

Paul is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and a former tutor at the University of Edinburgh.

Duncan MacInnes

Duncan joined Ruffer in 2012. He graduated from Glasgow University School of Law in 2007 and spent four years working at Barclays Wealth and Barclays Capital in Glasgow, London and Singapore.

Duncan is a CFA charterholder, is co-manager of the £400m Ruffer Investment Company which is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in addition to this manages investment portfolios for private clients, charities and institutions.

Adam McVey

Adam is the leader of the SNP group and represents Leith ward. With a background in economics and international law, he has worked for an accountancy firm, a social investment charity, the Fringe Festival and for a leading human rights charity.

Adam was first elected in 2012 and served as the city’s transport vice convenor for three years prior to the council elections in 2017.  Adam sits on COSLA and Edinburgh Partnership Board.

Hugh Meechan

Hugh is a founding member of The Mortgage Lender. As chief operating officer, Hugh has responsibility for all aspects of The Mortgage Lenders’ day-to-day operational activities, including lending policy, underwriting, customer services, customer support, and technology.

With a career which has spanned more than 30 years in the lending industry, Hugh previously held the role of operations director at Mortgages plc, a specialist mortgage lender owned by Bank of America.  Hugh describes himself as a typical Glasgow boy – hardworking and committed to fair lending for borrowers with real life circumstances.

David Morrison

David is a partner with EQ Accountants LLP, where he heads up EQ Taxation.  EQ is a 15 partner practice with offices in Forfar, Dundee, Cupar and Glenrothes.  He is both a chartered accountant and chartered tax adviser.

EQ act for a large number of individuals and businesses in the property sector from property management companies and family investment companies to private landlords and furnished holiday letting owners.

Recent changes in legislation for property owners and further changes to come have made property taxation a crucial area for strong tax planning.

David lives in Broughty Ferry with his wife and two children.

Ronnie Murison

Ronnie is Director of Sheriff Officer services at Stirling Park LLP. He has over 30 years experience as a qualified sheriff officer and messenger-at-arms and he was part of a management buy-out in 2009 and a sale of the business in 2014 to an international company.

He has over 20 years road experience in serving legal process and enforcing warrants on behalf of creditors, which includes eviction and pursuance of unpaid rent.

Ronnie is responsible for developing and maintaining client relationships, whilst working with the current management team.

Sandra Robinson

Sandra is Head of Strategic Engagement with Landlords within the Universal Credit programme.  With over 20 years project management experience, Sandra has worked on Universal Credit since its inception in 2010.  She led work on the PBS and APA strategy,  and has also worked on design and implementation.  More recently she has majored on working with landlords across both sectors, listening to their concerns, and recommending improvements as appropriate.

Graham Simpson

Graham is an MSP for the Central Scotland region and Shadow Housing and Planning Minister. He is a member of the Local Government and Communities Committee in the Scottish Parliament and convenor of the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee. Graham’s parliamentary work includes scrutiny of the Planning Bill and of the powers of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (Housing and Property Chamber).

Prior to entering politics, Graham was a journalist from 1983 until 2016, joining the Scottish Sun as a sub editor in 1990. He was with the paper until elected as an MSP, apart from a brief stint at the Daily Record.



Stand 1

We create financial freedom through property. The largest property investment platform in the UK, used by over 100,000 investors. Learn, search, invest.

0333 123 1330


Stand 2

Scotland’s trade association for the electrical contracting industry. Our 1200+ members carry out a wide range of design, manufacturing, testing and commissioning of electrical work.

0131 445 5577

Kit & Caboodle

Stand 3

We help Letting Agents and Landlords furnish properties for the Rental Market throughout Scotland – without the kerfuffle.

0131 524 0222

Martin & Co

Stand 4

Established in 1986 with 12 offices across Scotland and a proven track record in the residential letting and property management sectors.



Stand 5

The Scottish & Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation is the principal trade association representing the interests of plumbing and heating businesses in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

0131 556 0600

CIH Scotland

Stand 6

The independent voice of housing and the home of professional standards, working to shape housing and community agendas to support our members.

0131 225 4544

Scottish Water

Stand 7

Provides water and waste water services to properties across Scotland, and creates and enforces water byelaws in all properties with a public water supply.


Scottish Empty Homes Partnership

Stand 8

The Scottish Empty Homes Partnership helps local authorities bring private sector empty homes back into use. Our work ranges from policy work to practical support for owners

0344 515 1941

Howdens Joinery

Stand 9

Leading trade supplier of kitchens, appliances and joinery, employing 9000 staff across 643 depots, 73 in Scotland, supplying 400,000 kitchens and two million doors annually

01382 889486

Pass The Keys

Stand 10

We short-let your property on Airbnb,, and HomeAway for you to boost your rental income. You chose the dates, we do the rest.

020 8050 2818

First Gas Services

Stand 11

We’re the one stop shop for all your domestic gas and plumbing needs in Edinburgh and the surrounding areas.

We specialise in coordinating & carrying out all Landlord certifications in the most efficient, time effective manner. Scheduling the appointments around the Tenants and Landlords / Agent’s needs. All certificates are sent on the same day of visit.

0131 258 9711

Saltire Facilities Management Ltd

Stand 15

We are Scotland’s leading central heating provider and recognise that the key to customer satisfaction is to provide a service that exceeds expectations

0330 202 0444

Aberdein Considine

Stand 16

Estate agents, letting agents, lawyers, and independent financial advisers with offices in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth and Stirling.

0333 00 66 333

SAL Mortgages Finance Clinic

Stand 17

Providing mainstream and specialist landlord finance products in partnership with 3mc. For initial advice, agreement in principle or a mortgage application, we can help you

0131 450 7169

Letting Protection Service Scotland

Stand 18

The LPS Scotland is part of the UK’s largest provider of custodial deposit protection. Visit our stand on the day and talk to our experts about our services.

0330 303 0031

Alan Boswell Group

Stand 19

Specialist insurance brokers to landlords. We have arranged discounted insurance for members of the Scottish Association of Landlords for nearly 20 years.

01603 218 000


Stand 20

Scotland’s premier website for property to rent with up to 4 million visitors and 50,000 properties per year.

0131 572 0020

SME Professional

Stand 21

Cloud property software solutions designed exclusively for Scottish letting agents and landlords. We also offer an intelligent approach to website design and digital marketing.

0131 285 1022

Contract Heating

Stand 22

We offer a full range of gas maintenance and repair services including boiler repairs and central heating installations. We are members of NICEIC which means that you are in safe hands when you are dealing with Contract Heating.

0131 458 3377

SafeDeposits Scotland

Stand 23

Scotland’s leading tenancy deposit scheme, providing excellent customer service and local expertise to give landlords, letting agents and tenants peace of mind.

03333 213 136

Rental Step

Stand 24

RentalStep helps Landlords save time, save money, be compliant and communicate better with your Tenants using Free Referencing, Free Tenancy Agreements and Free Communications System.

0333 577 2025

Link Housing Association Ltd

Stand 25

Managing over 1400 properties on behalf of City of Edinburgh Council.  We offer guaranteed rent to private landlords to lease properties for people who are in housing need.

0330 303 0087


Stand 26

Offering a landlord protection plan, meeting all relevant gas and electrical legislation to keep your tenants safe and give you peace of mind.

0800 587 9999


Stand 27

An estate and letting agent helping you buy, sell, or rent your property. For landlords we can guarantee rent for 52 weeks of the year.

Please visit their website for details of individual branches across Scotland.


Inspect Real Estate

Stand 28

InspectRealEstate is a customised, agent branded, online booking system that allows prospective tenants to automatically book viewings online for rental properties.


Rainbow International

Stand 29

Rainbow International is the UK’s leading supplier of Disaster Recovery and Specialist Cleaning Services to property and home owners, no job too small or big.

01623 675100

MND Scotland

Stand 30

MND Scotland is here to support everyone in Scotland who is affected by Motor Neurone Disease. We fund research into cure and provide hope for a world without MND.

0141 332 3903

University of Edinburgh

Stand 31

The University of Edinburgh’s full property management service.  Guaranteed rental income for landlords, flexible lease dates and simple cost structure with no hidden fees.

0131 651 2130

Utilita Energy Limited

Stand 32

Leading supplier of smart pay as you go energy, installing every customer with free smart meters allowing users to take control of energy usage and spend. Please contact Darren McAllister on the email below for more information.

07879 320 369

Quay Community Improvements

Stand 33

End of tenancy cleaning and clearances, handyman services, office and stair cleaning throughout Edinburgh. SES ‘One to Watch’ 2018 award finalists.

0131 656 9362

No Letting Go

Stand 34

Complete Inventory Reporting Services from No Letting Go.

We provide property inventory reporting services to landlords and lettings agents across the UK. With over 65 franchised offices we provide a national service, delivered locally.

0800 8815 366

TC Young Solicitors

Stand 35

Recommended by SAL, TC Young’s Letlaw offers the full range of legal services to landlords and letting agents with fixed fees and expert advice from their specialist team.

0141 221 5562 / 0131 220 7660

Landlord Accreditation Scotland

Stand 36

Scotland’s national landlord accreditation scheme providing specialised training and support across the country, helping landlords and agents deliver best practice in the private rented sector

0131 553 2211


Stand 37

Portolio is the hassle-free way to buy and sell buy-to-let property. We are a specialist estate agent working for landlords, and with letting agents, to bring great opportunities to property investors

07812 164 842

Home Energy Scotland

Stand 38

Information on the variety of help and support available to private sector landlords in Scotland to improve the energy efficiency of your rental property.

0808 808 2282


Stand 39

We will increase your profits by eliminating condensation and mould, for good! We offer a full turn-key solution starting with a free estimate.

0845 27 27 807

EQ Accountants LLP

Stand 40

Our specialist property team can guide you through recent tax rule changes and identify opportunities for you to reduce their effects.

01382 312100


Stand 41

Aspray offer a comprehensive property insurance claims management service, handling claims and managing all repair work on behalf of landlords, letting agents and property owners.

0800 077 6705

Insite Specialist Services

Stand 42

Insite Specialist Services operate in a number of sectors including Infection Control and Building Services.

07949 359633

The Scottish Government

Stand 43

Information on how the private rented sector is regulated so that accommodation reaches an acceptable standard, tenancies are secure and the rights of landlords and tenants are understood.


Universal Credit

Stand 44

Universal Credit is revolutionising the welfare system by making work pay. It is transforming lives; supporting those who can work and caring for those who cannot.

01324 505196

Are you interested in exhibiting at National Landlord Day?  Please do contact us on 0131 564 0100 or to find out availability and how we can help you maximise your impact on the day.

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