Section 21 survey response breaks RLA record

Previous record smashed, with more than 6,000 responses already in and still days to go.

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More than 6,000 landlords have responded to the Residential Landlord Association (RLA) survey asking what a post-Section 21 private rented sector should look like.

Having gone live just days after the government announced plans to axe Section 21 repossessions last month, the survey closes on Monday (20th May), having already surpassed the RLA’s previous response record.

There were 6,085 responses to the survey as of midday Monday, 13th May 13.

The record had been held by the longer-term tenancy survey in July/August last year, which secured 4,970 responses.

RLA policy director David Smith said such a scale of response showed the strength of feeling in the sector.

“We would encourage all those who want the opportunity to have their say and shape the future of the sector to take the time to respond,” said Smith.

The RLA is inviting landlords to share their experiences of regaining possession of properties – and asking what assurances they need to continue to stay in the sector and provide the homes to rent that are so desperately needed.

Responses will be used by the RLA as the basis for its own response to the government’s formal consultation when it is launched.

The RLA argues that it is vital landlords are confident that they can swiftly and easily repossess a property for legitimate reasons such as rent arrears, anti-social behaviour and needing to sell the property.

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