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 email@example.com .