16:02 PM, 17th May 2021, About 5 months ago
The pandemic-related debts of tenants and landlords should be “top of the Housing Minister’s in-tray”, according to the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) following the formation of a new Welsh Government.
In the wake of the Senedd election on 6 May, Mark Drakeford has formed his new cabinet. Julie James remains in charge of housing in the new role of Minister for Climate Change. Lee Waters joins as her deputy.
With over half of the Welsh population vaccinated and Covid restrictions gradually being lifted, the NRLA – which represents over 90,000 members across England & Wales – says this means justification for current measures in the private rented sector are not only void, but are making things worse as financial support is still lacking.
The NRLA is calling on the Welsh Government to publish a comprehensive plan for moving the private rented sector away from emergency measures and onto a stable footing for the future. This plan must include:
Ben Beadle Chief Executive, NRLA said:
“The Welsh Government has won many plaudits for its considered approach to the Covid-crisis, but it has wholly failed to consider the needs of those living and working in the private rented sector.
“The Government must act swiftly to address the mounting rent debt crisis that is set to engulf renters and landlords alike. It must also act to ensure that housing providers in Wales are not left high and dry without access to justice.
“If action is not taken soon, the damage caused by the lack of a comprehensive and balanced approach to exiting emergency measures will be felt for years to come.”
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