RLA: Shelter research stoking needless fears for tenants

Jessica Nangle

January 15, 2020

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has said that no-one should feel ill or stressed as a result of their housing situation, following new research by Shelter.

The RLA has urged caution on groups claiming to represent tenants who might be fuelling stress felt by them by giving the false impression that landlords spend their time looking for ways to evict their tenants or increase their rents.

The RLA has emphasised that recent polls suggest that 84% of private sector tenants are very or fairly satisfied with their current accommodation, a higher proportion than tenants in the social rented sector.

David Smith, policy director for the RLA, said: “We accept that, unfortunately, some private sector tenants will feel unhappy and stressed as a result of their housing but the same will apply to many social housing tenants and owner occupiers.

“We accept also that not all landlords are perfect but the objective assessment is that the overwhelming majority of private sector tenants are satisfied with their accommodation and enjoy a good relationship with their landlord.

“It is vital that tenant groups properly reflect this, rather than stoking fears that tenants are about to be evicted for no apparent reason, live in sub-standard accommodation and are charged exorbitant rents.

“This is simply not true and it is irresponsible to suggest so.

“We do all we can to support landlords to provide high standard, secure and affordable tenancies and we call on tenant organisations to work with us to help achieve this and root out the bad landlords that none of us wishes to see in the market.”

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