We’re looking forward to our Future Renting Wales conference on Thursday, by asking some of the keynote speakers to explain what they think is the biggest challenge facing the PRS.
Here, it’s the turn of Leah Whitty of Cardiff City Council*, who will be giving a talk on Welfare Reform at the conference.
In your personal view, what do you think is the biggest challenge facing the PRS?
“I believe the biggest challenge for the private rented sector in Wales is the affordability of the sector for its citizens.
The cumulative impact of various legislative changes means that the gap between what tenants can afford and what landlords need to charge to ensure financial viability is growing wider and wider.
This is especially true for those tenants who need to access housing support through Universal Credit and Housing Benefit.
The delivery of a services that provide accurate and timely advice and support to tenants AND their landlords so that they are both able to maximise their income and/or benefits is paramount to sustaining tenancies.
This can only be achieved by establishing credible working relationships between Local Authorities and private landlords”
*Please note this view is Leah Whitty’s personal viewpoint and does not represent the view of Cardiff City Council.