Theresa May has announced plans to call a snap general election on June 8.
Announcing the proposal this morning she said Britain needs ‘certainty, stability and strong leadership’ following the EU referendum.
While it is clear this campaign will be more about leadership of the UK thorough the Brexit negotiation process than domestic issues such as housing health and education, the RLA will be working hard to ensure candidates are aware of the devastating impact of recent tax changes on private renting.
RLA Chairman, Alan Ward, said: “As the campaign progresses, this election needs to put housing first.
“Over recent years, the private rental market has been hit by tax hikes, benefit cuts and growing regulations all of which are making it more difficult for tenants to access and afford a place to live. The same changes have made it harder for good landlords to provide the quality accommodation that tenants have a right to expect and have discouraged further investment in new homes.
“We need a housing market that works for all. The majority of landlords provide good quality housing and a good service to their tenants. The political parties need to recognise this and deliver for tenants and good landlords alike.”
The RLA will be publishing a manifesto with key asks of the new government and encouraging members to contact local candidates, asking them to set out their views on the PRS.