15:36 PM, 22nd May 2019, About 2 years ago 5
The RLA has surveyed more than 6,500 landlords and agents finding more than 46% now plan to sell some or all of their rental property following government announced plans to scrap Section 21 repossessions.
The research also found an additional 40% of landlords were waiting to make a decision based on it becoming clearer in the consultations to follow how new procedures and amendment to section 8 will affect possession rights.
91% of landlords supported the establishment of a special housing court, bringing together all housing disputes under a single body.
79% who have used the current court system did not consider the courts to be reliable.
David Smith, RLA policy director, said: “Security of tenure means nothing unless the homes to rent are there in the first place.
“With the demand for private rented housing showing no signs of slowing down it is vital that landlords are confident that they can quickly and easily get back their property in legitimate circumstances. Whilst the system should clearly be fair to tenants, it needs also to support and encourage good landlords.
“Our survey shows how complex it will be to ensure that the grounds on which landlords can repossess properties are both clear and comprehensive. This needs to be underpinned by a court system that is fit for purpose and properly resourced. At present it is neither.
“It is vital that the government’s planned reforms are carefully considered to avoid finding ourselves needing to reopen this whole issue later down the line.”
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