The RLA pressed for a dedicated Housing Court when it met with the new Minister for the Private Rented Sector, Heather Wheeler MP last week.
During the meeting, the RLA called for a new Housing Court something that it believes would give landlords greater confidence that they would be able to access justice more quickly and less expensively when things go wrong.
Why the RLA is calling for a dedicated Housing Court
The RLA believes that a Housing Court is crucial for landlords who might be prepared to offer longer tenancies to those tenants who want them, but are fearful that they will be locked into a tenancy and will be unable to swiftly regain possession of their property, for example in situations of rent arrears or antisocial behaviour.
During the meeting, the RLA also called for the Government to think strategically in its approach to the PRS, and outlined the importance of joined up working across Whitehall, given the changes that are due to be introduced from a number of Government departments.
‘Positive attitude’ towards supporting law abiding landlords
RLA Policy Director, David Smith attended the meeting with the Minister. He said: “The RLA welcomes the Minister’s early engagement with the sector and her positive attitude towards supporting the majority of landlords who provide good housing and abide by all their responsibilities.
“It provides a good starting point as the RLA works with the Government, to ensure the rental sector is fit for its changing role and works for tenants and landlords.”
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government told the RLA: “We are committed to delivering a fairer, good quality and a more affordable private rented sector and want to support good landlords and agents to comply with their responsibilities.
“We will be introducing banning orders in April to make it easier for local authorities to act against rogue landlords and agents, we will be requiring all letting agents to meet minimum standards and are consulting with the judiciary on the case for a housing court.
“We are grateful to private rented sector organisations for their constructive input to date and are committed to working with them as this important agenda continues. The Minister looks forward to engaging further with the sector and welcomed the constructive dialogue.”