Gavin Barwell the new Housing and Planning Minister appointed by new Prime Minister Theresa May is said to be a critic of landlord licensing schemes, which will be music to the ears of landlords up and down the country.
Mr Barwell, MP for Croydon Central has said he is “keen to work with landlords, councils, housing authorities and developers to tackle the UK housing crisis”.
Arguing that the schemes do not solve the problem of rogue landlords providing sub-standard accommodation and ripping off tenants, but that they do increase costs for tenants, he has commented in the past:
“All the evidence suggests that it is a minority of landlords that are causing the problem, not the whole sector.
“So why is our Labour Council [Croyden] taxing all landlords right across the borough (a tax which law-abiding landlords will pay but those causing the problems will try to avoid), rather than using powers it already has to take action against those landlords who are not maintaining and managing their properties properly?”
This viewpoint will certainly be “music to the ears” of many landlords, particularly those in affected boroughs, or those under threat of licensing, although whether this stated opinion actually results in a change in direction when the new minister arrives, remains to be seen.
According to the RLA, Mr Barwell voted for Government measures to introduce Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payments and also backed the controversial “bedroom tax”.
Alan Ward, chairman of the RLA has said:
“I hope the new Minister will recognise the contribution made by PRS landlords, who are providing vital homes for millions of people at a time when demand is far outstripping supply, and will be open to hearing their opinions and continue to encourage them to invest.”
— LandlordZONE (@LandlordZONE) July 27, 2016