Landlords urged to shape future of rental sector

The launch of a new survey to help assess landlord rights comes ahead of a government consultation over section 21.

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Landlords are being given the opportunity to shape their rights to repossess properties in a new survey launched today (18th April).

As reported by 24housing, earlier this week, the government announced a commitment to consulting on the end of section 21 repossessions.

Following this, the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is arguing that landlords need to be confident that they can swiftly and easily repossess a property for legitimate reasons such as tenant rent arrears, anti-social behaviour and wanting to sell a property.

Ahead of the government’s consultation, the RLA is said to be giving the landlord community the opportunity to shape the future direction of the sector as it faces some of the “biggest changes it has seen for decades”.

The survey has is said to enable landlords with the opportunity to explain their experiences and of the current system and what they need to maintain their confidence at a time when the demand for rented housing is outstripping supply.

The survey is also reported to look at what measures might be needed to mitigate the difficulties likely to be caused by the government’s plans.

David Smith, Policy Director for the Residential Landlords Association said: “The system needs to be fair to both landlords and tenants.

“Most landlords do a good job and it is vital that they have the confidence to provide the homes to rent we desperately need.

“This survey provides an important opportunity for landlords to shape the future of the sector and ensure that it works for them every bit as much as it does for tenants.”

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