Following a report in The Sun saying the Government will make an announcement on long term tenancies next week, the RLA has issued a statement saying such a move would be highly irregular while a consultation into the plans is still open.
The RLA says it would be a huge breach of confidence in the democratic process, given that the consultation on longer tenancies does not close until 26thAugust.
The RLA supports longer tenancies in the sector but warns against imposing these as the norm.
New survey results find that the majority of landlords, 57 per cent, believe the use of financial incentives such as tax relief would be the best way to ensure that landlords offer longer-term tenancies to those that want them.
This was one of the options proposed in the Government’s consultation.
RLA Policy Director, David Smith, said: “It would be highly irregular for the Government to make an announcement on longer tenancies next week before the consultation has even closed and it has had chance to properly consider all responses.
“As well as showing disregard for recognised procedure, it would suggest that the Government does not want to listen to those who will be directly affected by any change.”
“The Government should work with landlords to introduce change that improves the rental process for both landlords and tenants, otherwise there is a danger that even more landlords will leave the sector which is already shrinking.”