RLA Chairman Alan Ward spoke at policy and practice briefing event at Westminster this week on the topic of ‘Improving private rented sector provision: increasing supply, safeguards & reliability’.
Chaired by Professor Peter Kemp, Westminster-Briefing events are held in conjunction with ‘The House’ magazine, which is a publication for the Houses of Parliament and all those with an interest in policy and legislation.
Alan gave RLA perspective on items such as the Government’s approach to the private rented sector (PRS), benefit reform, and ‘build to rent’ schemes which Alan suggests is not yet fit for purpose in its current manifestation.
A critique that Alan levelled at government plans for the ‘build to rent’ scheme is the placement of the proposed houses. Alan asks the question “Where demand is poor, why are we building there?” Areas of low demand are seeing tens of thousands of homes being built whilst London and the Southeast cry out for more accommodation.
A PRS debate in Westminster would not be complete without discussions around government PRS standards such as increased, revised and updated regulatory requirements including accreditation. These are topics that the RLA is regularly confronted with and has provided arguments in documents such as ‘Manifesto for Growth’ and ‘Reining in Regulation’ and frequently in releases.
Other topics that were on the agenda included:
- The challenges and opportunities of a growing PRS in relation to other tenancies
- Building collaboration between Las, housing associations and private landlords
- Letting agencies: improving transparency, reputation and consistency of services
- Improving reliability: tenancy agreements and security of tenure in the PRS
The RLA is keen to remind members that their opinions are vitally important for instances like this and that Alan will continue to lobby on their behalf. Please comment or get in touch to discuss your views on the matter.
- Alan spoke earlier in the week at an HQNetwork event
- Read the RLA document ‘A manifesto for growth in the private rented sector’
- View the ‘Reining in regulation: the RLA’s proposal for self-regulation in the private rented sector’ including proposals for a two-path progression towards self-regulation