The Residential Landlords’ Association is today accusing the homeless charity, Shelter, of not going far enough to tackle criminal landlords.
As the charity launches research into the effect of criminal landlords on the health of children and families, the Residential Landlords’ Association is calling on Shelter to stop referring to “rogues” and call a ‘spade a spade’ by declaring them criminal landlords that should be rooted out of the sector altogether.
Commenting on the launch of the research, Alan Ward, chairman of the Residential Landlords’ Association said: “The RLA remains concerned that though in a minority, some families are having to face the prospect of living in sub-standard accommodation that is bad for their health. We all share a desire to see this dealt with. However, whilst it is easy to highlight stories of bad practice and poor accommodation, little is said about the 84 per cent of tenants who are satisfied with their accommodation, a larger proportion than the social sector.”
Alan continued: “With RLA research showing that there are over 400 individual regulations affecting the sector, why would any more have any discernible impact?
“Under the RLA’s plans, criminal landlords would be rightly hounded out of the sector by local authorities freed up to target those operating under the radar. All responsible landlords would be members of an industry-run accreditation scheme, based on a single set of national standards. Tenants would also be empowered to better hold their landlords to account.
“By freeing landlords up from much red tape we would increase the chances of them investing in much needed new homes, boosting supply and thereby giving tenants far greater choice over their accommodation. It is that which will best improve standards.
“At the same time, the RLA has already produced a detailed Manifesto for Growth to bring further investment to the private rented sector. The question for Shelter is where is its proposals for investment?”
- The English Housing Survey Household Survey for 2010-11 found that 84 per cent of tenants in the private rented sector were satisfied with their accommodation compared with 80 per cent of all social renters. Read the English Housing Survey Household Survey 2010-11. (you can find the statistics mentioned above on page 117, paragraph 7.29)
- The RLA is currently developing its ‘Reigning in Regulation’ proposals for a two-path approach to better standards in the private rented sector. The RLA’s plan would see the creation of a national ‘Good Landlord’ accreditation system, and empower local authorities to target criminal landlords more effectively. The RLA’s draft proposals have been submitted to the current inquiry being undertaken by the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Private Rented Sector, and accompany this press release. Read the RLA’s ‘Reigning in Regulation’ proposals in full.