A private rented sector for all: The RLA responds to Labour’s PRS consultation

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The RLA has published a document in response to the Labour Party’s series of consultations into the private rented sector…

The RLA has published a document in response to the Labour Party’s series of consultations into the private rented sector.

A Private Rented Sector for All sets out the RLA’s proposals in three key areas; namely:

  • Delivering investment with a Manifesto for Growth – The RLA has developed its Manifesto for Growth, which contains ideas of how further growth and investment in the private rented sector can be delivered. Whilst the Association welcomes institutional investment, it is also acutely aware that such investment will not reach the 90 per cent of smaller investors in the sector, and that these individuals and organisations require support and assistance in delivering further growth to the market. Therefore, the RLA believes a series measures – including tax reform, the release of publicly-owned small plots, and the auction of empty properties – will help drive new growth in the sector

Speaking after the submission of the document to Labour’s consultation process, Richard Ashton, the RLA’s policy and communications manager, said, “The RLA hopes that the proposals outlined in A Private Rented Sector for All will help guide and assist the Labour Party in developing its proposals for the private rented sector between now and the next General Election.

“The RLA believes that politicians need to look beyond the use of further regulation and bureaucracy to tackle perceived problems in the private rented sector. Red tape should not replace red tape.

“The Association is quite clear in its belief that a national register of landlords is not the cure for any ills within the sector. What is required is better management not more bureaucracy.

“Instead, the RLA believes that its ideas around the issues of longer term tenancies, regulation, and investment and growth will deliver the types of improvements desired, without adding to the sector’s regulatory and financial burden.”

Further information

Read the RLA’s A Private Rented Sector for All.

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The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) represents the interests of landlords in the private rented sector (PRS) across England and Wales. With over 23,000 subscribing members, and an additional 16,000 registered guests who engage regularly with the association, we are the leading voice of private landlords. Combined, they manage almost half a million properties.

1 Comment

  • Longer term tenancy agreements can benefit tenants and landlords alike where it suits the parties concerned. If we can reduce renewal admin, renewal fees and renewal of deposit fees where deposits have already been protected it must be more efficient. Re- registering the same deposit just drains a deposit which is supposed to be returned in due course.

    Unfortunately many problem tenants are being shunted from the social sector onto unsuspecting private sector landlords by less scrupulous agents after easy DSS rental fees.

    This can leave an inexperienced landlord exposed to damages and neighbour-tenant disputes. Good private owner occupiers, private tenants and social sector tenants alike can have their neighbourhood plagued. Private sector landlords need to learn the lettings business quickly and not be over reliant on self serving agents who do not help when neighbour nuisance breaks out.

    RLA can and often do help yet must not try to run with the hare and hounds where landlord interests are impacted by sharp agent or council practices. Many private landlords offer decent housing in an effort to protect a modest pension nest egg. We should not have to take on more serious social workers issues when they fail.

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