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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 Communications Manager for the RLA and award-winning Editor of RPI magazine. With 16 years’ experience writing for regional and national newspapers and magazines she is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and editorial content for our media partners.

She issues press releases promoting the work of the RLA and its policies and campaigns to the regional and national media and works alongside the marketing team on the association’s social media channels to build support for the RLA and its work.

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