Javid announces government to adopt RLA’s housing court plan

Sally Walmsley
Written by Sally Walmsley

Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid MP, has today announced plans to establish a new housing court and announced landlords will be given incentives to offer longer tenancies.

Speaking at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester today (Sunday) Javid said the government would work with the judiciary to establish the court – something the RLA campaigned for in its manifesto for the general election.

He also said there would be measures in next month’s budget to incentivise landlords offering longer tenancies. Calls for the government to introduce such incentives were included in the RLA’s submission for the November 2017 Budget.

RLA Policy Director, David Smith, said: “We called for Housing Courts to speed up and improve access to justice for good tenants and landlords as well as for tax incentives to support good landlords.

“This is a welcome sign that the government is ready to listen to practical proposals from the RLA to improve the working of the sector and encourage the majority of responsible landlords and tenants who want to and are doing the right thing.”

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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

  • And, people on benefits that have their rent paid by the government should, to saved the rent getting into arrears pay the rent straight to the agent not the tennant. That was the most stupid thing to do, some folk don’t know how to budget. Priority is cigarettes, beer, and mobile fones and huge tv’s. Thank you.

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