We agree with Committee’s concerns about postcode lottery tackling criminal landlords

We agree with Committee’s concerns about postcode lottery tackling criminal landlords

8:07 AM, 13th April 2022, About 2 months ago 7

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Responding to the publication today of the Public Accounts Committee’s report on the regulation of the private rented sector, Ben Beadle, Chief Executive of the National Residential Landlords Association, who provided oral evidence, said:

“Today’s report rightly makes the case for a comprehensive, data-driven strategy for the private rented sector. Too often reforms have been piecemeal, based on insufficient information to understand their true impact or how workable they are. Such a strategy needs to include assessing the impact of reforms on the supply of homes for rent at a time when demand for them is soaring.

“We agree with the Committee’s concerns about the postcode lottery that exists in tackling rogue and criminal landlords. Tenants and responsible landlords are being let down by the pitiful lack of enforcement action by councils using the array of powers available to clamp down on bad practice in the sector. Our research shows however that landlord licencing schemes are not a panacea to improving this.

“As Ministers prepare to publish plans for further reform, they should heed the Committee’s call for them to better understand the enforcement needs and capacity of local authorities.”



Comments

by Luke P

10:21 AM, 13th April 2022, About 2 months ago

Ben, you’re a wet lettuce. You’re far too timid and Govt. have you right where they want you…too afraid to properly and robustly speak out for fear of being sidelined (on the generous assumption you’re not a shill).

by Denise G

10:45 AM, 13th April 2022, About 2 months ago

Good grief! No comment to make about Rogue Tenants or why only the PRS are being targetted here? Nothing to say about the validity of those figures or the fact that most of the complaints we see about sub-standard housing and lack of response by landlords are ACTUALLY about social housing? What is the point of a body to support private sector landlords that DOESN'T do what it says on the tin?

by KH

11:48 AM, 13th April 2022, About 2 months ago

I have been dutifully paying my membership fee each year to the NLA/NRLA for years but come next renewal I will have a rethink. There are so many flaws with Governments approach to the PRS largely due to the fact that they take the nonsense fed to them by the likes of Shelter as gospel, but I don't expect the NRLA who is representing me to roll over. They should be analysing data in this report carefully and proposing fair and balanced solutions to protect professional landlords and not just short sighted tenants. There won't be a viable PRS soon, where will the NRLA get their funding from then?

by Luke P

11:55 AM, 13th April 2022, About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by KH at 13/04/2022 - 11:48
The reason you’ll ‘rethink’ as opposed to having already made up your mind, is doubtless because of the handy forms and advice line they provide. I totally understand, but they should not take the demand for such a service and conflate it with a mandate to speak (in this meek manner) on their membership’s behalf - the two should be totally separate.

by Jessie Jones

9:18 AM, 16th April 2022, About a month ago

Reply to the comment left by Luke P at 13/04/2022 - 10:21
This is why I withdrew my membership of the NRLA. They really don't stand up for Landlords at all. I've never heard them once point out the realities of the real cost of EPC improvements, which are much much greater than the figures being promoted via the media.

by Northernpleb

9:19 AM, 16th April 2022, About a month ago

Ben you are supposed to be representing your members who are being taxed and legislated out of the sector .
There is a different committee , charity Organisation Who actually house no one. realising a report on an almost daily basis calling for more regulation, Taxation , or reform. of the PRS. Tenants do not need more reports, more data or more committees. They need Houses and if they are going to be supplied by Private Individuals, who are using their hard earned cash and savings running in to £100 of thousands of Pounds. Many of whom you are supposed to be representing They need a fair system so they can invest with confidence. and receive a return on their capital.
It is not rocket science more regulation and taxation = Fewer Houses to rent Higher Rents, Longer waiting list.

by Anne Nixon

10:10 AM, 16th April 2022, About a month ago

Reply to the comment left by KH at 13/04/2022 - 11:48My membership lapsed and won't be renewed until/unless I see a good reason to do that


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