Eric Pickles backs RLA’s longer term tenancy proposals

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The RLA is today welcoming the Communities and Local Government Secretary, Eric Pickles MP’s announcement on tenancy reforms in the private rented sector….

The RLA is today welcoming the Communities and Local Government Secretary, Eric Pickles MP’s announcement on tenancy reforms in the private rented sector.

Speaking at the Conservative Party Conference the Minister called for “family-friendly tenancies” in the sector.

In noting that the Residential Landlords’ Association is the only landlord body to have come up with proposals on tenancies, the Department for Communities and Local Government has made clear its eagerness to establish reforms based on consensus within the industry rather than heavy handed legislation.

Under the model proposed by the Government, where both the tenant and the landlord agree, tenants could request a longer tenancy. The Government has agreed with the RLA however that they would expect any model tenancy agreement to provide an initial probation period for both tenant and landlord to ensure they are content to enter into a longer agreement with each other. It is proposed also that it should include break clauses, so that landlords and tenants will be able to end the tenancy early.

Responding to the announcement, Alan Ward, Chairman of the Residential Landlord Association said:

“The RLA welcomes today’s announcement as a recognition that the existing tenancy framework already enables tenants and landlords to opt for longer tenancies without the needed for heavy handed legislation. This will provide greater certainty to the growing number of families living in the sector, whilst retaining the much needed flexibility that the sector has provided to the housing market.

“The RLA has led the charge against calls for a rigid, standard five year contract, which would not be needed by the vast majority of private sector tenants. It would also have given tenants a one way ticket to leave the property whenever they liked. Under today’s announcement, tenants would be better informed about options already available to them to be agreed by both the tenant and landlord.

“At the heart of the private rented sector is the need for a balanced relationship between the landlord and tenant which enables them to hold each other to account. Today’s announcement provides security, flexibility and strikes the right balance between the landlord and tenant without the need for heavy handed legislation.”

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The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) represents the interests of landlords in the private rented sector (PRS) across England and Wales. With over 23,000 subscribing members, and an additional 16,000 registered guests who engage regularly with the association, we are the leading voice of private landlords. Combined, they manage almost half a million properties.

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