In response to the government’s recent concerns about empty properties, RLA chairman, Alan Ward and vice chairman, Chris Town, met with housing minister, Mark Prisk, at Westminster yesterday to present RLA research on empty properties.
Prior to the meeting, the RLA had conducted a survey of landlords to understand reasons as to why properties may be empty and how long the properties are unoccupied.
The results of the survey showed that 62 per cent of landlords have fewer than 10 per cent of properties empty for more than a month. However, more than half (52.6 per cent) were engaged in renovation before re-letting. A further 41 per cent were advertising to re-let.
The meeting also covered the government’s proposals on tenant immigration checks by landlords which the RLA says are likely to be onerous and confusing.
RLA chairman Alan Ward also raised problems about finance, building to rent and landlord registration.
Alan Ward commented: “It was a pleasure to meet Mark Prisk once again. We enjoyed a thorough conversation and we look forward to working with him further in the future”
- Read the results of the RLA’s five second survey on empty properties
- Photo: (from left) Public affairs consultant Ed Jacobs, RLA vice chairman Chris Town, housing minister Mark Prisk and RLA chairman, Alan Ward