Criminal landlords, evictions and licensing plans were all on the agenda when representatives of the Residential Landlords Association met with prominent MPs and Peers to campaign on behalf of members last month.
Alan Ward, the chairman of the RLA and policy director, David Smith met with John Healey MP, shadow minister for housing and planning to discuss the Housing and Planning Bill.
Mr Healey’s team sought the RLA’s views on banning orders and the rogue landlord database, with David Smith stressing the issue of rental homes owned by banned landlords potentially being taken out of circulation in a time of housing crisis.
The RLA proposes such properties could be managed by a third party in these circumstances – with local authorities typically having neither the time nor resources to take the property on.
The RLA also stressed the need for proper enforcement of existing regulations to tackle criminal landlords, rather than passing new laws. The shadow minister said he would welcome briefings and amendments that the RLA believed could improve the Bill.
Later in the month Mr Ward met with Conservative MPs Kevin Hollinrake, a member of the Communities and Local Government Committee, Stephen Hammond MP, who sits on the Housing and Planning Bill Committee and Mark Prisk, former housing minister to discuss rent controls, taxation, the Housing and Planning Bill and Right to Rent.
The association also met with Earl Cathcart and Lord Best, discussing issues including the Housing and Planning Bill, the Welfare and Work Bill, Tenancy Reform, Right to Rent and Capital Gains Tax.