Landlords urge government to get rental housing reform right

Jessica Nangle

December 13, 2019

Landlords are calling on government to ensure that reforms are made to the way ‘good’ landlords can repossess properties in legitimate circumstances.

The Conservative government gained a majority vote in yesterday’s General Election, and have pledged to end Section 21 repossessions in the rental market.

The party also promised to strengthen the rights of good landlords to repossess properties when they have good cause to do so.

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is calling on ministers to ensure that the new framework provides comprehensive grounds upon which landlords can repossesses properties in cases such as anti-social behaviour and tenant rent arrears.

The RLA also wants to see guarantees about the timeframes involved for each and measures to prevent abuses by problem tenants.

The association believes this needs to be underpinned by developing a dedicated, properly funded housing court to ensure  improvements to the time taken to rule on, and enforce, possession cases.

David Smith, policy director for the RLA, said: “We look forward to working constructively with the government as it develops its plans for the private rented sector.

“With the demand for rented housing remaining strong it is vital that the Conservatives’ plans for the sector, whilst being fair to tenants, have the full confidence of landlords.

“The election should also be seen as an outright rejection of Labour’s plans for rent controls.

“They would have undermined investment in the sector, choked off supply and made it more difficult for tenants to find the good quality homes to rent they need.”

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