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Better data needed to improve Welsh housing say landlords

Sally Walmsley
Written by Sally Walmsley

The Government must commit to collecting comprehensive data on housing in Wales to property address the needs of the country’s landlords
That’s the call being made today as the Residential Landlords Association Cymru publishes its manifesto for the Assembly Elections.

The Government must commit to collecting comprehensive data on housing in Wales to property address the needs of the country’s landlords

That’s the call being made today as the Residential Landlords Association Cymru publishes its manifesto for the Assembly Elections.

Whilst both England and Scotland publish annual housing surveys, no such report exists for Wales. This means that policy makers are left having to use data from the English Housing survey and a limited number of independent data resources to make housing policy in Wales.

The RLA Cymru argues that this is seriously hindering the quality of policy making and is calling for a Welsh Housing Survey to be a priority for the next Government to understand the size, standard of and satisfaction with the housing stock in Wales.

The RLA’s manifesto calls also on all political parties in Wales to rule out introducing any form of rent controls and for a commitment to make it a legal requirement to install smoke and heat sensors in private rented housing.

Commenting on the launch of the manifesto at Plaid Cymru’s Spring conference in Llanelli, Douglas Haig, the RLA’s Director and Vice Chairman for Wales said: “Over recent years too much housing policy has been made without sufficient information about the extent of the problems facing the sector. It cannot be right that Wales has to rely so much on data from England.

“In the interests of good policy-making it is time for the next Government to follow Scotland and England and commit to establish a thorough, annual, Welsh Housing Survey.”

He added: “As elections to the Assembly heat up, the provision of housing will clearly be an important priority.

“Whilst the private rental market stands ready to play its part in ensuring everyone in Wales can access a safe, legal and secure property, any hint of rent controls would only choke off the supply of such housing.

“All evidence shows that rent controls have a devastating effect on housing and tenants and we call on all parties to rule out any plans for their introduction in Wales.”

To access RLA Cymru’s Manifesto for the Welsh Assembly Elections click here.

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Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley is the Media and Communications Officer for the RLA. With 16 years’ experience writing for regional and national newspapers and magazines she is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and editorial content for our media partners.

She issues press releases promoting the work of the RLA and its policies and campaigns to the regional and national media and works alongside the marketing team on the association’s social media channels to build support for the RLA and its work.

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