RLA Chairman Alan Ward has written to Michael Jeremy, Director of News and Current Affairs at ITV regarding concerns about a show aired on 5th March. Titled “Britain’s Housing Crisis”, the show was a biased representation of conditions within the Private Rented Sector.
Alan was concerned that no landlord body was invited to contribute to the discussion.
“Had they done so,” Alan commented “ITV would have been able to note to viewers that there are over 100 Acts of Parliament containing around 400 regulations affecting the private rented market.”
The show perpetuates a negative stereotype of landlords that the RLA feels is unjustified. It’s, the actions of a criminal few that negatively impact on the reputation of the vast majority of landlords who are legally compliant, and eager to provide quality service to their tenants.
In his letter Alan reiterates the RLA stance that enforcement is lacking within the PRS, allows criminals to operate under the radar while compliant landlords and their tenants pay the cost.