Aca­demic slams rent pro­pos­als

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

PRO­POS­ALS to in­tro­duce fixedterm con­tracts in the pri­vate rented sec­tor and bans on real rent changes within them are poorly thought out, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by a se­nior aca­demic.

Michael Ball, Pro­fes­sor of Ur­ban and Prop­erty Eco­nom­ics at Read­ing Univer­sity, was com­mis­sioned by the Res­i­den­tial Land­lords As­so­ci­a­tion to un­der­take an in­de­pen­dent as­sess­ment of pro­pos­als by the char­ity, Shel­ter, for a new stan­dard five-year con­tract with an­nual rent in­creases linked to in­fla­tion.

Prof Ball says the propo­si­tion would “un­der­mine the huge in­crease in the pri­vate rented sec­tor of the past two decades” and that “ac­com­mo­da­tion short­ages would grow”.

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