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Parliamentary launch for RLA essay collection

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Sally Walmsley
Written by Sally Walmsley

A collection of essays looking at the future of the private rented sector has been launched at an event in Parliament attended by the Secretary of State for Housing.

The essays, collated by the RLA, have been provided by organisations including Shelter, the Chartered Institute of Housing, the Institute for Public Policy Research and Crisis, representing tenants, landlords, enforcing bodies and think tanks.

They look ahead to where they feel the sector should be heading in the next 20 years.

The collection was launched at an event in the House of Commons tonight, to mark the RLA’s 20thanniversary.

Speaking at the event were the Housing Secretary, James Brokenshire MP and the Shadow Housing Secretary, John Healey MP.

All the essays recognise the importance of a thriving private rental market that works for both tenants and landlords, with calls made for reforms to improve the ability to secure swift and effective justice in the minority of cases where things go wrong between the landlord and tenant.

Alan Ward, Chair of the RLA said:“The RLA’s 20thanniversary provides an opportunity to take stock of where the private rented sector now is, and where we all want it to go.

“All the contributors recognise the importance of the sector in providing homes to many millions of people. As we go forward we need to ensure the sector works for tenants and good landlords alike, whilst rooting out the criminals who have no place in a modern rental market.”

The Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, said: “I want to congratulate the Residential Landlords Association on 20 years of hard work helping make the private rented sector better for everyone.

“This is a vision shared by government and is why we have taken action to raise standards in the sector and protect tenants from substandard accommodation and unfair charges.

“There is much more still to be done to ensure everyone has a decent and safe home and I look forward to continuing our work alongside the RLA in the months and years to come.”

Labour MP, Karen Buck, a Vice Chair of the All Party Group for the Private Rented Sector added: “My work on housing has brought me into increasing contact with the Residential Landlords Association. I have found them to be constructive, engaged, highly professional and a source of excellent information.”

To read the collection visit: www.rla.org.uk/futurePRSessays

 

About the author

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley is the Communications Manager for the RLA and Editor of RPI magazine. With 16 years’ experience writing for regional and national newspapers and magazines she is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and editorial content for our media partners.

She issues press releases promoting the work of the RLA and its policies and campaigns to the regional and national media and works alongside the marketing team on the association’s social media channels to build support for the RLA and its work.

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