Trade bodies including ARLA, RICS, NALS and landlord organisations have met with the government to send a clear message – think again about forcing longer tenancies on the private rental sector.
At a meeting late last week with junior housing minister Heather Wheeler, the groups are believed to have expressed concern about a possible standard three year AST tenure, rather than the current six months.
ARLA is reported to have put forward its previously-stated view that the proposed ban on letting fees on tenants in England may actually encourage shorter tenancies as renters will feel empowered to move more often.
The fees issue was also on the agenda for the meeting, along with the introduction of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards in April.
Landlord bodies are believed to have emphasised the need for greater enforcement of existing regulations over property standards in the lettings sector.
No official statement has been released on the meeting although the National Landlords Association’s chief executive Richard Lambert has stated: “I welcome the government’s willingness to talk. With its self-professed focus on tackling the housing risks, it is vital that the government recognises and supports the prominent role that the private rental sector plays in housing over 20 per cent of UK households.”