The Residential Landlords Association has responded to comments made by Labour leader Ed Miliband a week ago during his re-launch speech. He said, “We’re going to deal with the terrible injustices in the private rented sector,” and “change the balance of power between landlords and tenants, to give tenants more power so they can’t just be kicked out on the whim of a landlord, or have their rents jacked up on the whim of a landlord.”
The RLA described the comments as a “populist tirade” against landlords in the private rented sector. According to RLA chairman Alan Ward, “Labour are playing to people’s fears,” and that Miliband’s response to a question about social cleansing had “departed from the facts.”
To back up their argument, the RLA cited the data from the Office for National Statistics, which show that rents are falling in real terms. The English Housing Survey results, which show that more PRS tenants are satisfied with their housing than tenants in the social sector, were also highlighted.
With Sarah Teather’s private members bill set to be discussed next week, the RLA has set up a dedicated web page to debunk so-called ‘retaliatory’ evictions, and is encouraging landlords to lobby MPs and make it clear that Section 21 should not be abolished.
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