The Property Ombudsman (TPO) has announced that it will cancel its annual conference, due to be held on 18 June, until 2021.
In its place, TPO will be holding a ‘Rightmove Webinar’. Tickets already purchased will be credited towards TPO’s Conference in 2021, when normal business resumes.
Katrine Sporle, as spokesperson for TPO, said: “Given the circumstances affecting us all, we have decided to convert the conference in Solihull to a Rightmove Webinar to take place on the morning of the 18th June.
“We will provide updates, advice and interactive sessions to respond to agents’ questions and concerns.”
It comes after the ARLA Propertymark 2020 Conference and Exhibition was also postponed until 2 September 2020 over coronavirus concerns.
The conference, which is the “largest event” in the private rented sector, was scheduled to take place on 24 March at the ExCel centre in London.
However, organisers said the move comes after “careful monitoring” of the development of COVID-19 in the UK and around the world.
It added that this has been a “difficult decision to make”, but since over 1,000 people were expected to attend the show the organisers deemed it “vital” that it take appropriate steps to prioritise health and safety.
A statement by the event organisers read: “A huge amount of work goes into preparing for conference from our contributors, sponsors, exhibitors, suppliers and staff; we would like to extend our thanks to all of them and look forward to collaborating with them on our new date.”