Land­lords wel­come govern­ment re­think on shared hous­ing rules

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Property Today -

Coun­cils must make sure they utilise shared hous­ing to help meet their lo­cal hous­ing need and do not in­ad­ver­tently de­crease the avail­abil­ity of much needed ac­com­mo­da­tion.

David Salus­bury, Chair­man, NLA, com­ment­ing on to­day’s Govern­ment an­nounce­ment, said: “It is clear this Govern­ment un­der­stands the con­tri­bu­tion land­lords make to pro­vid­ing de­cent and af­ford­able ac­com­mo­da­tion across the UK. Un­nec­es­sary costs and red tape only serve to de­tract from this core ac­tiv­ity and we wel­come moves to tackle such dis­in­cen­tives to fur­ther in­vest­ment.

“The change in the law for shared hous­ing was rushed. As a re­sult, its im­ple­men­ta­tion by coun­cils has cre­ated un­cer­tainty and con­fu­sion. We are pleased to see the new Govern­ment re­spond­ing to calls to re­think these un­nec­es­sary plan­ning bur­dens on land­lords.

“It is im­por­tant lo­cal au­thor­i­ties con­tinue to en­gage with land­lord or­gan­i­sa­tions like the NLA to help tackle the prob­lems as­so­ci­ated with some HMOs, rather than try­ing to im­pose rules across the board which se­ri­ously limit this much needed form of hous­ing.”

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