Landlords welcome government rethink on shared housing rules
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.”