There was a robust exchange between landlords and Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham – as he outlined his ideas to improve renting in the region.
Burnham addressed the RLA’s Future Renting North conference in Manchester yesterday with a strongly worded speech denouncing conditions in the region – and vowing to work with landlords to improve them.
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After he had finished speaking Burnham took questions from the audience – many of whom wanted assurances that tenants too would have to play their part.
One landlord shared her experiences – telling Burnham she had provided debt counselling and other support for a struggling tenant, but was given no help or support herself when it came round to dealing with a drug addicted tenant who was causing problems.
She told him there needs to be support available for good landlords trying to do the right thing by their tenants, with Burnham agreeing that good landlords who need support are entitled to it and should be able to access it.
He was challenged by another landlord who questioned his attitude towards landlords – citing comments he made during his election campaign.
Burnham replied that he has always recognised there are good landlords – but that at present the public has no way of differentiating between the good and the bad – which is why, he says, the Good Landlord Scheme is so vital.