The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has urged Michael Gove not to ignore landlords affected by the cladding scandal.
Last week, the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities revealed that landlords would not be included in the cladding remediation fund initiative; instead, funding will be targeted initially at owner-occupiers and that ‘negotiations…will explore whether this support should extend to other leaseholders such as landlords’.
The NRLA has written to demand clarification as it believes that individual leaseholder landlords – particularly those renting out single apartments in blocks of flats – and owner occupiers should be treated equally. Chief executive Ben Beadle says it is concerned as to why the government is so reluctant to commit to landlords, who are leaseholders, receiving the same support as owner-occupiers. “Both groups have faced the same problems, and both should be treated equally,” says Beadle. “We are calling on the government to rectify this problem as a matter of urgency.”
In the letter, he writes that it would be unnecessarily complicated to single out individual landlords as many, if not most, of those affected will be in mixed use buildings and will have had no involvement with the developer, which could slow down remedial action against dangerous cladding. Adds Beadle: “We question also how this situation would be fair to accidental landlords who were forced to rent out their properties because they could not sell due to cladding uncertainties.”
According to yet to be published polling by YouGov for the NRLA, 45% of private landlords rent out just one property while other research has shown that 70% of landlords are basic rate income taxpayers.