RLA slams report declaring PRS unfit for purpose
By |Published On: 3rd August 2016|

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RLA slams report declaring PRS unfit for purpose

By |Published On: 3rd August 2016|

This article is an external press release originally published on the Landlord News website, which has now been migrated to the Just Landlords blog.

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has moved to defend the private rental sector, in the aftermath of a scathing report from the Resolution Foundation.

This report analysed the latest housing trends in the UK and concluded that the private rental sector is not fit for purpose. According to the Resolution Foundation, private sector tenants are much more likely to face insecurities as a result of shorter-term tenancy agreements.


In response to the report, the RLA said that the sector is certainly not in need of a radical overhaul. Instead, the RLA believes that the private rental sector provides a vital service to an ever-growing number of tenants.

The most recent English Housing Survey revealed that private sector tenants spend an average of four years in their current rental property. This is a slight rise from the 3.7 years recorded five years ago.

What’s more, the survey found that private sector tenants are more satisfied with their accommodation than those in the social rented sector.

RLA slams report declaring PRS unfit for purpose

RLA slams report declaring PRS unfit for purpose


Rather than a substantial overhaul, the one change that the RLA feels is necessary for the sector is the way that buy-to-let landlords are currently taxed. The RLA warns that recent changes implemented by the Government on mortgage interest tax relief for landlords will see investors passing on these further costs to their tenants.

Alan Ward, chairman of the Residential Landlords Association, noted, ‘the evidence shows that tenants in the private rented sector are staying in their homes for longer. No landlord ever wants to lose a well behaved tenant who pays their rent on time.’[1]

Alterations to mortgage interest tax relief for buy-to-let landlords are scheduled to come into force in 2017.

[1] https://www.landlordtoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2016/8/the-prs-is-fit-for-purpose-despite-claims-to-the-contrary-says-rla



About the Author: Em Morley (she/they)

Em is the Content Marketing Manager for Just Landlords, with over five years of experience writing for insurance and property websites. Together with the knowledge and expertise of the Just Landlords underwriting team, Em aims to provide those in the property industry with helpful resources. When she’s not at her computer researching and writing property and insurance guides, you’ll find her exploring the British countryside, searching for geocaches.

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