Regulation and Enforcement

PRS landlords “play an important role in the housing market” says PM

Sally Walmsley
Written by Sally Walmsley

Theresa May said landlords ‘play an important role in the housing market’ during her speech launching the revised National Planning Policy Framework.

In the speech the PM vowed to make it harder for developers who “sit on land and watch its value rise” to get planning permission.

The Prime Minister said the government was “rewriting the rules on planning” and committing £40 billion to help councils build more homes in areas where they are needed most.

She also reiterated the Government’s commitment to tackle the rogues and encourage longer tenancies.

In relation to the PRS she said: “Talking to voters during last year’s election campaign, it was clear that many people, particularly younger people, are angry about this.

“Angry that, regardless of how hard they work, they won’t be able to buy a place of their own.

“Angry when they’re forced to hand more and more of their wages to a landlord to whom their home is simply a business asset.”

She added: “Private landlords play an important role in the housing market.

“Talk to tenants, however, and you’ll repeatedly hear complaints that people are paying more and more for less and less. So this government is taking action to clean up the rental market and bring down the cost of renting.

“Too many tenants have got used to being hit with rip-off fees by letting agents, facing huge upfront bills to check references or sign contracts. That’s simply not fair, so we’re banning letting agents from charging most tenants any fees at all.

“Families face being uprooted every six months when their leases expire, so we’re working to make longer tenancies the norm.

“Rogue landlords have been flouting rules that protect tenants’ rights and safety. So we’ve given local authorities new powers to crack down on such behaviour, and we’re backing legislation that will ensure all rental properties are fit for human habitation.

“With no regulation in property management, the door has been open to cowboy agents – with tenants, leaseholders, freeholders and honest agents all paying the price. That’s why we’re working with reputable property managers and their clients to clean up and regulate the sector.

“Our new planning rules encourage providers to build more homes specifically for rent, so supply goes up and rents come down.

“Whether in the private or social sector, renting your home should be affordable, safe and fair – and I’m working hard to make sure that’s the case.”

The Housing Secretary, Sajid Javid MP, also delivered a statement to the House of Commons on the revised NPPF. To read it in full click here.

In a section outlining the Government’s action on housing to date he said: “We are working to encourage landlords to offer longer tenancies and promoting more homes for rent on a family-friendly basis, with three-year tenancies in our build-to-rent schemes.

“We are cracking down on rogue landlords and the abuse of leaseholds, and we are taking steps to make renting fairer.”

About the author

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley is the Magazine and Digital Editor for the NRLA. With 20 years’ experience writing for regional and national newspapers and magazines she is responsible for editing our members' magazine 'Property', producing our articles for our news site, the weekly and monthly bulletins and editorial content for our media partners.

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