RLA: Budget fails tenants

Jessica Nangle

March 11, 2020

Tenants will continue to face a rental supply crisis as the Chancellor’s Budget has today failed to boost the supply of privately rented homes according to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) and the National Landlords Association (NLA).

This comes following warning from several organisations including the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Hamptons International and Zoopla that private sector rents are set to rise as the demand for such homes outstrips supply.

The Residential Landlords Association and the National Landlords Association add that this only makes it harder for tenants to save for a home of their own.

The RLA and the NLA had called for the Chancellor to scrap the stamp duty on the purchase of additional homes where landlords invest in property adding to the net supply of housing such as new build properties or bringing long term empty homes back into use.

In a joint statement, the RLA and NLA said: “The government is undermining its own efforts to boost homeownership through its attacks on the private rented sector.

“By choking-off supply and making renting more expensive it is tenants who are hardest hit.

“Ministers need to wake up to the reality of the damage their tax measures are doing to the private rented sector and support landlords to provide the new homes for private rent we desperately need.”

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