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MPs and peers to consider access to rented homes for under 35s

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The All Party Parliamentary Group for the Private Rented Sector is today launching an inquiry into access to rented housing for the under 35s. The RLA act as secretariat for the group and pleased to engage at such a high level.

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Private Rented Sector (PRS) is today launching an inquiry into access to rented housing for the under 35s. The RLA act as secretariat for the group and pleased to engage at such a high level.

Following changes to housing benefit rules for the under 35s and the use by some local authorities of planning rules requiring planning permission for homes to be converted to shared housing for rent, the Group will consider the pressures faced by young people seeking rented accommodation and what can be done to support them.

All interested organisations are invited to submit evidence and a report will be produced with recommendations being made to Ministers.

As well as written submissions, members will take oral evidence from experts on the 17 th June and 8th July.

Announcing the inquiry, the Group’s Chairman, Oliver Colvile, Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton and Davenport said:

“With over half of tenants under the age of 35 the issues of the supply and cost of private rented housing are increasingly important to young people.

“With some evidence that this group is finding it increasingly difficult to access rented homes the inquiry will provide an opportunity to test the evidence and what  can be done to improve prospects for this age group seeking a place to live.

“I would encourage all those with an interest to have their say.”

Those with an interest in these subjects are invited to provide written submissions of no more than 1,500 words by 9th June to Ed Jacobs on admin@prs-group.org.uk .

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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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  • I hope that they are going to take evidence from the real experts, the single people under 35. As a Landlord and a family member i hope they change the rules to 25. I think it is alright for family members to house under 25s, or for them to go into a HMO. Once past that age they want to live seperatly, and live their own life. My family member has lived indepenantly from the age of 18, at 32 these rules came in his housing benifit went right down, so now even with a job he cannot afford his one bedroom flat, so family members are picking up the difference. Everyone has been looking for a cheaper flat, even going back to a studio, which would meant him giving up some of his furniture, but we cannot find anything in the price range the council are willing to pay, or cheaper than where he is now except out of the area so he would have to give up his job.
    I also know that several of his friends who do not have family support have become homeless, sofa surfing or living in a slum.
    This rule is giving slum landlords a free hand to do what they please.

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