The publication of the report on regulation in the private rented sector (PRS), Labour’s proposals on rent controls and longer tenancies, and the on-going debate surrounding housing shortages culminated on a busy day for RLA communications. Here is a quick round-up of the RLA in media.
Vice Chair Chris Town, other than the press team, was perhaps the busiest person in with radio interviews:
- Adrian Goldberg programme in the morning
- BBC Radio West Midlands with Alex Hilton, Director of Generation Rent
- Radio 4’s “World at One” programme alongside Shadow Housing Minister Emma Reynolds, MP
- Fivelive debating with Campbell Rob from Shelter
- RLA member Ed Foulkes from East London was also on BBC News at Six regarding housing.
Various online publications were running stories and discussions regarding the proposals and the RLA’s reports:
- Inside Housing quoted the RLA press release and Chris Town responding to Labour’s proposals for the housing sector: Miliband to announce Labour’s PRS plans today
- 24dash.com also looked at reaction from private landlords in the face of Labour’s PRS proposals with Chris Town again providing food for thought: Private rent caps planned as Labour fires first shot in ‘housing election’
- Property Tribes forums are always a good place for debate on housing and Vanessa Warwick gives readers an overview of thoughts and arguments from all sides of the debate…read on or get involved!: Labour to target landlords
- Andrew Sparrow, the Guardian’s Senior Political Correspondent has a live blog each week and he used his blog to round up reaction to Labour’s proposals. This includes Vice Chair Chris Town quotes representing the only landlord body to be quoted. There is also a link to the RLA press release: Ed Miliband announces plans to cap rent increases: Politics live blog
The debate continues, so we encourage you to get informed and get involved!
The RLA commissioned report: “The impact of regulation in the private rented sector” has garnered a lot of attention within the housing sector after its publication this week, with critics latching onto the “Regulation of the private rented sector letting tenants down”
RLA Chairman, Alan Ward, reflected on responses to ensure that the RLA position was not misinterpreted and provided key statistics bolstering the position.
Be sure to check back for updated links and further analysis.