Shelter’s ongoing assault on the private rented sector is plain wrong.
As it today publishes statistics on the standard of rented housing in the UK, Shelter fails to explain why the English Housing Survey found 82% of PRS tenants are satisfied with their accommodation – a higher proportion than the social rented sector.
Shelter’s report refers to the instability tenants face, yet the most recent survey shows that tenants are on average living in their homes for four years, and a version of the survey published last year showed that just 8% of tenancies are ended by the landlord.
RLA Vice Chairman, Chris Town, said: “Shelter is once again making extravagant claims about the standard of all housing in Britain, not just private rented property.
“We share Shelter’s ambition for every rented home to be of a decent standard, however the answer is not more regulation.
“With over 400 regulations covering the sector, what is needed is not new powers but better enforcement of existing powers to root out the crooks, rather than tying the majority of good landlords up in excessive red tape.
“The most effective way of ensuring housing is affordable is to increase supply. We hope Shelter will support landlords in calling on the Government to change recent tax policies and on councils to scrap ineffective, but costly, licensing schemes all of which discourage investment.”