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Government Ministers need to ensure that plans to reform the rights of landlords to re-possess rented housing have their support otherwise there could be a mass sell-off of properties.
With the demand for rental housing outstripping supply, the Residential Landlords Association is warning that the proposals in the Queen’s Speech to end Section 21 re-possessions need to be replaced by a system that ensures landlords have the confidence that they can swiftly and effectively re-possess properties in legitimate circumstances. Without such confidence the supply crisis in the market will only worsen, making it harder for prospective tenants to find a place to live.
The RLA has long called for the new framework to provide clear and comprehensive grounds upon which landlords can re-possess properties in cases such as anti-social behaviour and tenant rent arrears with guarantees about the timeframes involved for each and measures to prevent abuses by problem tenants. The Government needs also to develop a dedicated housing court to ensure that there is easily accessible and swift justice available where there are conflicts between landlords and tenants.
David Smith, Policy Director for the RLA, said:
“We accept the need to protect tenants from abuse but it is crucial that plans to reform the way re-possessions can take place are got right if the Government is to avoid a rental housing crisis. Unless the new system is fair to good landlords as well as tenants, those same landlords who we need to support simply will not have the confidence to provide the rented homes that are needed to meet the demand.”
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