RLA Chairman, Alan Ward, gave a presentation and delivered a speech at the Homes Quality Network event on Thursday 18th, July 2013. In it he defended landlords and the importance of the PRS within the grander scheme of the housing sector.
Alan was invited to speak at the event as was joined by HQN chief executive Alistair McIntosh; strategic manager for London Borough of Newham, Ian Dick; division manager of housing at Liverpool City Council, Tony Mousdale; Shelter’s policy officer Robbie de Santos; and Ian Potter, managing director of ARLA.
Alan’s speech begun with his reasons for becoming, and remaining a landlord, his main talking points included:
- Regulation in the private rented sector
- What landlords have done for the housing sector
- Barriers to success in the sector
- The RLA’s proposals for a better private rented sector
Alan’s comments have contributed to the theme and discussion of the event “Come together to get the best out of the private rented sector” which is something everyone can agree on.
However, in light of the fact there are at least 100 laws and over 400 regulations governing the PRS it is the interpretation that Alan is most concerned with, in his speech he says:
“The lack of regulation is not the problem – it’s how regulation is interpreted and enforced that is [the issue]”.
The role of ‘rogue’ landlords has blighted the majority of compliant landlords for some time now and proposals to sanction many by targeting few remains a confounding circumstance for the RLA and its members.
Alan’s involvement will have provided the RLA and members with increasing visibility within the housing sector and provide a strong basis for continuing even in the face of proposed bureaucratic additions.
The RLA will continue to engage with relevant stakeholders, at events, with housing networks, and especially with governments.