NRLA: MPs are right to call for action on rent debts

Jake Carter

March 31, 2021

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has voiced its support for MPs calling for urgent action with regard to rent debts. 

This response follows a report published by MPs on the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the private rented sector (PRS).

Ben Beadle, chief executive of the NRLA, said: “We welcome today’s report which calls for a proper exit plan for the private rented sector from current restrictions.

“At the heart of that plan needs to be action to tackle rent debts built as a result of the pandemic. The committee is right to express disappointment at the lack of a clear strategy from the Government to deal with this pressing issue.

“We whole heartedly support the committee’s call for action to support tenants to repay rent arrears to be a top priority, including consideration of making payments direct to landlords.

“As the report notes, this would be the best way to sustain tenancies and help landlords receive income.”

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