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Review to assess rental market

The Government has set out plans for a major independent review into the private rented sector.

The review will look into how the increasing number of buy-to-let landlords and student tenants has affected the private rented sector, the quality of rented accommodation and the demographics of people renting.

It will examine the impact of social change on the future demand and supply of private rented accommodation.

Housing and planning minister Yvette Cooper says: “The private rented sector is, at its best, a vital provider of good housing but too few people are aware of their rights and responsibilities, either as tenants or landlords. We have seen a big increase in the private rented sector and particularly in buy to let. It is important we review the impact of this.”

A Citizens Advice Bureau report last year found that 20 per cent tenants were dissatisfied with the quality of repairs carried out by their landlord and feared retaliatory action if they complained to authorities.

Landlords have also reported problems to the CAB about tenants not paying rent and anti-social behaviour.

Julie Rugg and David Rhodes, from the Centre for Housing Policy at York University, will head the review.

There are almost 2.6 million homes in England being rented from over 500,000 private landlords.

BM Solutions managing director Tim Hague says: “Buy to let has grown from a niche sector into a vital part in the UK housing market and a greater understanding of the key people and issues can only help us further develop the sector.”

National Landlords’ Association chairman David Salusbury says: “We look forward to the opportunity of providing crucial evidence of the importance of the sector to the overall housing mix and the health of the property market.”

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