Members of Parliament (MPs) return to Westminster this week to resume their elected duties. Remind them of the importance of private rented housing and the concerns of landlords by getting in touch with your local MP using the RLA’s election webpage.
The RLA aims to help landlords provide safe, secure, and legal accommodation for tenants, however this sometimes means going beyond typical day-to-day duties. As a campaigning organisation the RLA recognises the need to continue to work with politicians to be sure that private landlords are given the credit they deserve for providing crucial homes for the growing numbers living in private rented property.
The RLA‘s dedicated election website now allows you to contact elected MPs directly:
There has been a surge in proposals to regulate private renting, many of which only serve to create hurdles for landlords. Rather than increased regulation, the RLA is calling for better enforcement of existing legislation within the Private Rented Sector (PRS).
- Greater enforcement of existing powers will do more to drive out bad landlords and raise standards than new legislation.
- Rent controls, in whatever form, are likely to reduce the supply of PRS housing and cut investment, at a time when demand is growing.
- Measures that increase costs for landlords, such as licensing fees, can usually only be recovered by passing those costs on to tenants, through higher rents.
Remind your MP that private renting can be ‘first choice, not second best’, but it will require help from Government to achieve this.