Housing Minister in talks with RLA Chairman

Sally Walmsley
Written by Sally Walmsley

Housing Minister Gavin Barwell has talked to the RLA about the association’s vision for nationwide co-regulation.

An outspoken critic of large-scale licensing schemes, the Minister listened with interest to the RLA’s proposals in a one-on-one meeting with RLA chairman Alan Ward.

Co-regulation is being put forward as an alternative to selective licensing – and would allow law abiding landlords to self-regulate, freeing up local authorities to target the criminals.

Mr Barwell now hopes to join a pre-arranged meeting between the RLA and the Government to discuss the plans, which the RLA says would need to be backed by statute.

Mr Ward was talking to the Minister at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham last week.

In addition to the co-regulation plans he also spoke to the Mr Barwell about asking local authorities to include a question requesting landlords’ details on council tax forms – which the RLA argues would do away with the need for expensive national landlord registration.

The Minister agreed to look into this, as well as the RLA’s proposal for local authorities, government departments and agencies to sell off small plots of publicly owned land to landlords for redevelopment.

In terms of the impact of tax changes on PRS landlords he said the Treasury had to deal with what it feared would become a buy to let credit bubble.

Mr Ward said: “The Minister clearly understands the private rented sector and during the discussion I was asking him to ensure there is a level playing field between private and corporate investment in the sector.

“The Minister has now agreed to speak at the next PRS All Party Parliamentary Group in January for which the RLA will provide the Secretariat.”

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Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley is the Magazine and Digital Editor for the NRLA. With 20 years’ experience writing for regional and national newspapers and magazines she is responsible for editing our members' magazine 'Property', producing our articles for our news site, the weekly and monthly bulletins and editorial content for our media partners.

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