Controversial plans by government, aired in the spring Budget, and inspired by a Government research report* into ideas to promote the “Sharing Economy”, look like they will be side-lined after howls of protest from landlord bodies. Landlords’ bodies have said the proposals could lead to a nightmare situation for landlords.
At a meeting the Housing Minster, Brandon Lewis MP, the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) said he has now confirmed that the proposals to make it easier for tenants to sub-let, first announced in the Spring Budget, will take a back seat.
The RLA said the Minister outlined a timetable for a number of proposals affecting the PRS during the meeting, indicating the promised sub-letting consultation will not now come forward until the next session of Parliament – May 2016 at the earliest.
This development provides landlords with some breathing space from concerns about having tenants’ ability to sub-let to people the landlord would be unaware living in their property. The original proposal was to have clauses in letting agreements preventing sub-letting made illegal.
Alan Ward, Chairman of the RLA, recently wrote to the Housing Minister at DCLG raising concerns over the Government’s sub-letting proposals.
Mr Ward told the Minister that “landlords need clarity and that there were simply too many unanswered questions raised by the proposals.” His letter is available here
Mr Ward now says: “The government appears to be trying to push its controversial idea to allow much more tenant-led sub-letting of private rented property into the political long grass.”
*Unlocking the Sharing Economy
— LandlordZONE® (@LandlordZONE) July 10, 2015