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Landlords need government support to offer longer tenancies

Sally Walmsley
Written by Sally Walmsley

The RLA is calling for more support to help landlords offer longer tenancies after it was revealed almost half the babies born in the UK are starting their lives in rented homes.

The figures were revealed in a new report published today by insurance company Royal London.

David Smith, policy director for the RLA, said: “Tenants are on average living in their private rented properties for over four years. However, the RLA recognises the growing number of families living in the sector is increasing calls for greater security for tenants.

“The government has argued that financial incentives could be quicker to implement than legislation to encourage the development of long term tenancies.

“We agree. These should be matched by establishing a dedicated housing court to ensure that landlords and tenants can get swift access to justice when something goes wrong in a longer tenancy agreement. This would provide the confidence needed to provide them.”

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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.

1 Comment

  • Why would a landlord ever want to evict a ‘good tenant’? Tenants that always pay their rent on time, reply to emails/texts/phone calls and arrange entry when workmen have to call, and live with regard to neighbours are precious. As are good landlords. Not precious as in rare (as this would cover the vast majority of tenants and landlords) but precious as neither tenant nor landlord is likely to wish anything but a continued provision of a home/income. We have been blessed by such tenants since starting in PRS 4 years ago, in each of our (now) four properties. Lets hear a cheer for good, precious tenants…. and their landlords! My understanding is that unless the house needs to be sold (which the governments tax regimes are forcing many (most?) landlords to do) if tenants are given notice there is usually a reason, even if repossession is called ‘no-fault’.

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