As part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Cabinet Office reshuffle, Michael Gove has been appointed as the new Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary.
Responding to this news, Ben Beadle, Chief Executive of the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA), comments: “We welcome Michael Gove to his new position and look forward to working with him to ensure the rental market works for responsible landlords and tenants alike.
“Key to this will be addressing the supply crisis in the sector by developing pro-growth policies that recognise the vital contribution it makes to housing millions of people across the country.”
Alicia Kennedy, Director of Generation Rent, has also responded to this announcement: “Michael Gove inherits a housing market that is destroying voters’ faith in the system. A safe and stable home is the foundation of a successful life, but millions of people don’t have that, because their landlord doesn’t need a reason to evict them.
“Frequent unwanted moves in the private sector make it impossible for renters to settle down or save a deposit on their first home. Renters have been waiting nearly two and a half years for the Government to fulfil its promise to end unfair evictions – getting older and seeing their dreams crumble in that time.
“To give renters control over their lives and a stake in their local communities, Mr Gove must seize this opportunity to remake the private rental market as a provider of long-term homes.”