RLA’s dossier of 100 PRS laws and 400 regulations

This month, the RLA published a dossier of over 100 individual pieces of legislation affecting the private rented sector, highlighting the “gross regulatory overload” facing the sector.

The legislation and regulations listed in the dossier contain around 400 individual measures affecting the PRS, some of which date back as far as the 1730s.

The dossier follows the publication of a report by Professor Michael Ball, and commissioned by the RLA, which demonstrates how the cost of regulatory burden is inevitably passed onto tenants in the form of higher rents.

Commenting on the findings, Richard Jones, RLA policy director, said, “The RLA’s findings clearly show that the private rented sector is facing
regulatory overload.

“Whilst the RLA will consider carefully the list of regulations and those which should rightly remain to protect landlords and tenants alike, already over-stretched local authorities cannot be expected to police all these, and more, regulations, as called for by some. You can pass as many laws as you want but the key issue is actually enforcing them.

“We would urge the Government to seriously look at those regulations that could be scrapped altogether without harming tenants’ or landlords’ interests.”

The RLA is now in the process of costing the regulatory burden placed on each landlord and tenant, and aims to publish its finding later this year.

Further information

RLA report – Statutory regulations affecting the private rented sector
RLA press release – Rented sector faces “regulatory overload”
RLA report – The Ball Report

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The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) represents the interests of landlords in the private rented sector (PRS) across England and Wales. With over 23,000 subscribing members, and an additional 16,000 registered guests who engage regularly with the association, we are the leading voice of private landlords. Combined, they manage almost half a million properties.

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