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.
“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”.