Landlord News

Number of Respondents to RLA Survey on Possession Breaks Record

Em Morley - May 17, 2019

The number of respondents to a Residential Landlords Association (RLA) survey on property possession has broken the organisation’s previous record.

More than 6,000 landlords responded to the RLA’s survey on what a post-Section 21 private rental sector should look like – a record response.

The survey went live just days after the Government announced plans to abolish Section 21 notices – so-called no fault evictions – last month.

The RLA is inviting landlords to share their experiences of regaining possession of their properties, and asking what assurances they need to continue to stay in the sector and provide the homes to rent that tenants desperately need.

The RLA will use the responses to form the basis of its reply to the Government’s formal consultation on the Section 21 ban, when it is launched.

The RLA argues that it is vital that landlords are confident that they can swiftly and easily repossess their properties for legitimate reasons, such as rent arrears, anti-social behaviour and selling the property.

The number of landlords responding to the survey, which closes next week, has already broken the organisation’s previous record.

David Smith, the Policy Director of the RLA, comments: “The scale of responses to this important survey shows the strength of feeling in the sector.

“The survey closes next Monday, and we would encourage all those who want the opportunity to have their say and shape the future of the sector to take the time to respond.”

You can find and respond to the survey yourself by clicking the following link: https://rla.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/possession-reform-ensuring-landlord-confidence-apr-may

We will continue to keep you updated on the Government’s plans to ban landlords serving Section 21 notices.

Recently, the Housing and Homelessness Minister, Heather Wheeler MP, pledged to reform the court system, so that landlords can gain possession of their properties more easily in legitimate circumstances.