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Landlords respond to Labour plans for private rented housing

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

RESPONDING to the Shadow Housing Secretary, John Healey MP’s proposals to end the use of Section 21 notices in the private rented sector announced at the Labour Party Conference, David Smith, Policy Director for the Residential Landlords Association, said:

“Many landlords resort to Section 21 notices because the alternative procedures take too long to process through the courts.

“The address this, the RLA is calling for a new housing court to bring justice more quickly for both landlords and tenants. A root and branch review is needed of the current system which, in the worst cases, takes up to 30 weeks and any changes must support the provision of homes to rent which the country needs.

“The vast majority of tenants enjoy good relations with their landlords. In the minority of cases where things go wrong however, landlords need the confidence that they can regain possession of a property swiftly when faced with tenants not paying their rent or committing anti-social behaviour.”

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 o   The RLA represents the interests of landlords in the private rented sector across England and Wales. We’re home to over 50,000 landlords nationwide, with a combined portfolio of over a quarter of a million properties. A growing community of landlords who trust and rely on us to deliver day-to-day support, expert advice, government campaigning, plus a range of high-quality services relevant to their needs.

 

About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

With a degree in Journalism, she is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and creating social media content.

Before joining the RLA, Victoria worked in the University of Salford’s press office, and during University she represented Smooth Radio at events across the North West, as a member of the street team.

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