“Housing is the top domestic priority for Government, and the place of the PRS within that is now recognised strongly.”
Anne Frost, the Government’s lead officer for PRS housing policy had this message for landlords at the RLA’s Future Renting conference at Imperial College London this morning.
As deputy director for the PRS within the Ministry of Housing (MHCLG), Anne has overall responsibility for implementing government policy and feeding opinion from stakeholders – including landlords – back to Government ministers.
She told the conference the Government’s current housing priorities are:
- Increasing the supply of homes
- Property standards
- Landlord and tenant rights
She said work by the Government recognises there is an appetite for a review of the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) and confirmed the Government’s selective licensing review is set to start in the next month, with a call for evidence into plans for a new housing court in the next two months.
She said: “We all know there’s lots of things happening at the moment.
“I can’t pretend there won’t be any more changes, but I think context is really important – ministerial interest is growing and there is lots of external interest.
“I think PRS, in the context of broader housing policy, is going to be a bigger issue. We talk about supply – the PRS part in all of that is incredibly important and will continue to be viewed as important.
“We are already working closely with the RLA, we need their views and we need your views.”