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“Private rental market is being deregulated” – RLA responds to BBC Panorama

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The problem is not a lack of regulation, but poor enforcement of the powers already available and no party is promising to reverse the current cuts faced by local authorities.

The Residential Landlords Association is concerned about the misleading suggestion made in this evening’s Panorama that the private rental market is being deregulated.
 
There are over 100 laws and 400 regulations affecting the sector, including measures to tackle the problem of revenge evictions in the Deregulation Bill currently going through Parliament.
 
Last week the Institute for Fiscal Studies showed that over the course of this Parliament, the budgets of local authority enforcement departments have been cut by over 37% per head of population in England.
 
This is supported by LGiU research showing 54% of councils fear that they will be unable to meet their statutory duties.
 
The problem is not a lack of regulation, but poor enforcement of the powers already available and no party is promising to reverse the current cuts faced by local authorities.
 
Until they do, we need a more intelligence led approach as outlined in the RLA’s manifesto for the private rented sector.

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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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