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  • In the Spotlight

    Gavin Barwell speaks

    This, from the transcript (https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/20...StMichael) I linked to elsewhere, is interesting stuff from Gavin Barwell

    "Before assured shorthold tenancies were introduced by the Housing Act 1988, the private rental market in this country was in decline. Regulated rents and lifetime tenancies meant that being a landlord was simply not commercially viable for many property owners. Since the law was changed in 1988, the private rented sector in this country has grown steadily, from just over 9% cent of the market at that time to 19% today. It now fulfils a major role in providing housing to people in Britain. The sector is not without its problems, but it is worth saying that both the quality of accommodation in the private rented sector and the satisfaction of the people living in that accommodation have increased over time.

    There are certainly problems, with which my Department continues to grapple, but overall that story of deregulation has been a success and has allowed more people to access accommodation in the private rented sector. The difficulty here is that although we know people want the stability of a secure home, the Government’s view is that more restrictive legislation of the kind that would have prevented this company from doing what it did would mean fewer homes available to rent, which would not help tenants.

    My hon. Friend posed the right question in his speech. What happened may well be legal, and we may well have to accept that if we want a thriving rental sector we must allow landlords to ask people to leave a tenancy, with notice."

    "...for probably 30 or 40 years, we in England have not been building enough homes, so the demand for housing far exceeds the supply."

    "The most common cause of statutory homelessness in this country now is the ending of a private rental sector tenancy.... People lose a private rental sector tenancy and find themselves unable to find alternative accommodation in their area, and therefore have to present themselves to their local authority."

    "To try to alleviate that problem, the Government are doing two things. In addition to supporting the largest affordable housing programme by any Government since the 1970s, we are investing very large sums of public money in trying to help local authorities prevent homelessness and support those affected by it; we are investing £149 million in central Government programmes and giving £315 million over the course of this Parliament to local authorities."

    "The second main thing the Government are trying to do is increase the supply of housing. The fundamental solution to so many of the housing problems we face in this country is to build more homes—in this particular instance, more homes for rent—to offer people greater security than is often the case currently, without forcing ‚Äčlandlords to offer that security. In the forthcoming housing White Paper, my hon. Friend will see a lot of measures on that. I will mention two briefly."

    "First, the Government are very keen on build to rent. In this country, most of our private rental sector properties are owned by individual landlords, many of whom are responsible for only one property. We are keen to see institutional investment in building new private rental sector homes. That brings not only a degree of professional management and a very welcome new supply, but the potential to offer longer assured shorthold tenancies, because we are not talking about individuals who may need to access their assets six, 12 or 18 months down the line, but major pension funds and the like who are interested in a long-term, secure return on their investment. That would address some of the concerns of his constituents. Secondly, the Department is also promoting a model tenancy agreement, which encourages landlords to offer longer tenancies and therefore greater protection to people."


    What an idiot!

    I'm sure many LL would offer long term AST's if their mortgage lenders allowed it!

    The reason they don't is because of the eviction laws

    How can we have a Housing Minister who is so clueless as to why LL with mortgages can't offer longer than a year tenancy!?

    We have no hope if even the HM fails to understand basic business issues in the PRS.


    The Govt just cant think out side the box can they


    Learn Change and Adapt ?????

    The problem we have as LL is that Govt is formulating policy ignorant of the industry issues which affect substantial numbers of LL especially the mortgaged ones whom Govt seems to wish to drive out of business.

    The Civil Servants who surely must be advising Govt of fundamental issues which cause LL to behave in certain ways are not the fault of those LL.

    Govt is seemingly creating policy without truly understanding the PRS industry or worse than that it is doing so fully mindful of the issues but not caring as it has a political agenda and is simply not interested in ensuring everyone can source decent accommodation of all types.

    I truly despair at the seemingly low level of knowledge that appears to be throughout the governing classes

    There seem to be few that get it, Lord Flight being an example of someone who does get it.

    He is a lone voice in a sea of ignorance or possibly simple blatant disregard of certain realities affecting LL.

    You only have to watch some of the TV programmes about tenants and benefits etc to realise there are severe problems facing LL in the basic operation of their business.

    Govt seems to be in denial about these basics and is hell bent on making things even worse than they already are!

    It seems from their previous and current performance we LL mortgaged or otherwise are under the cosh and scheduled to be more so in the very near future.

    Yet without a motivated PRS Govt simply cannot hope to ensure that the CURRENT population is housed let alone any future population!

    Govt if they continue in the fashion they have been thus far will be overseeing the slow destruction of the EXISTING PRS for no advantage whatsoever as far as their political objectives are seen to have been achieved

    They will be presiding over increasing levels of homelessness making the current NHS issues look very small beer in contrast to the very strained housing issues in the UK.

    It seems the Govt has its fingers in its ears and is going LA,LA, LA, LA, LA, LA, LA!!!

    Essentially not choosing to hear anything it doesn't wish to hear!!

    A strange way to govern!