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RLA Chairman meets Shadow Housing Minister

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RLA Chairman Alan Ward met Shadow Housing Minister Emma Reynolds recently to discuss the future of housing and the role of the private landlord in a national context…

RLA Chairman Alan Ward met Shadow Housing Minister Emma Reynolds recently to discuss the future of housing and the role of the private landlord in a national context.

During this first meeting with the new Shadow Housing Minister, Emma Reynolds MP, the RLA outlined its belief that a national register of landlords would do nothing to identify and control criminal landlords and argued against measures to extend the use of selective licensing.

Alan outlined the Association’s proposals for co-regulation under which an industry run accreditation scheme would take landlords out of local authority control, freeing Environmental Health Departments to use their cash-strapped resources to identify and root out willfully criminal landlords.

Alan said:

“It was good to meet Emma Reynolds and we had a frank discussion. We look forward to her publication of Labour housing policy shortly, and we will continue to work to persuade her that the majority of landlords do not need an expensive bureaucracy to control them”.

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  • Hm – a “frank exchange of views” in diplomatic circles is supposedly code for “a stand-up row”. Is Alan’s use of the word “frank” meant to imply this? It would have been nice to get a little more detail on how Emma Reynolds responded to the RLA’s stated position.

    • Dear A. Atkins,

      I think you’ve read a little too much into that description, but I can understand your impression! Quite simply, this was the first meeting between the RLA and Ms. Reynolds, so there was much to discuss, in particular issues such as landlord licensing and regulation. These discussion will continue into 2014, and further meetings will provide further detail.

      The RLA has always fostered good relationships with politicians across the political spectrum, in order to promote landlords’ interests; and we are looking forward to an excellent working relationship with Ms. Reynolds, as we have done with her predecessors.

      Kind regards,

      RLA Campaigns
      campaigns@rla.org.uk

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