Could landlords be incentivised to offer longer term tenancies?Make Text Bigger
The new government consultation into making longer term tenancies the default option in England, ‘Overcoming the Barriers to Longer Tenancies in the Private Rented Sector’, is considering financial and tax incentive for landlords.
Please see the specific section from the consultation below:
“80. Alternatively financial incentives could be explored. This could be quicker to implement but would still require legislation and could be administratively burdensome. The landlord would likely need to demonstrate compliance with other legislative requirements such as completing annual gas safety checks and protecting any deposit taken in a Government approved tenancy deposit protection scheme and this would need to be easily verifiable. We would also have to consider ways to ensure that incentives were not subject to abuse.
81. In recent research by the Residential Landlords Association, 63% of landlords reported that tax relief would encourage them to offer a longer tenancy. Any tax incentive would require primary legislation, and need to take into account the interaction between tax, which is partially devolved, and housing, which is fully devolved. There is a further consideration around how any tax incentive would play out in Scotland, where they have recently regulated to introduce indefinite tenancies. Different rules would also be required for individuals and corporate landlords. Cash payments could be considered for landlords who demonstrated that they had offered and delivered a longer tenancy. Such payments could be administered locally by local authorities.”
It has to be said that this is only a very small section and among other options that consider a more compulsory approach.
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RLA policy director, David Smith, said: “With landlords having faced a barrage of tax increases we believe that smart taxation, such as that being proposed today, would provide the longer term homes to rent many families and older people want.
“We would warn against making it a statutory requirement to introduce three year tenancies. Many tenants simply do not want to be tied to a property long term. It is vital that the market is able to provide the flexibility that many need in order to swiftly access new work and educational opportunities.”
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