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Government has “blatant disregard for renting” says angry industry chief

The chief executive of ARLA Propertymark has made an outspoken attack on the UK government, accusing it of a “blatant disregard for the private rental sector.”

Nathan Emerson made his comments in response to the latest Office of National Statistics data on private rented housing. 

He says: “The UK government has a blatant disregard for the importance of the private rented sector, continues to hit landlords in the pockets and provides no incentives for those providing good quality homes to remain in the sector. Given that the cost of living crisis is having a detrimental impact on many households, they must urgently prioritise introducing further investment in both the private rented and social sectors.”


Emerson believes greater supply across all tenures will ultimately reduce rents and improve affordability. 

“Agents are reporting a record high number of applicants registered in our latest Private Rented Sector Report which is a 73 per cent increase from the previous year” he continues.

“Some 74 per cent of agents are reporting rent rises due to the lack of private rented housing supply and in some cases, properties are receiving in excess of 20 per cent more in rent per calendar month. 

“This is a real concern for households across England and Wales and the latest ONS Private Housing Rental Prices Index reiterates our growing concerns over the affordability.”


The ONS figures, released at the start of the Easter holiday weekend, show that private rental prices paid by tenants in the UK rose by 2.4 per cent in the 12 months to the end of March, up from 2.3 per cent in the 12 months to the end of February 2022.

Broken down by the British nations, private rental prices grew by 2.2 per cent in England, 1.6 per cent in Wales and 2.8 per cent in Scotland in the 12 months to the end of March.

The East Midlands saw the highest annual growth in private rental prices (3.8 per cent) while London saw the lowest (0.4 per cent).

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    Well said, Nathan. Meanwhile from the NRLA . . . crickets. It seems Beadle’s not about.

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    NRLA only benefit from more regulation as they can make much more money from courses, in fact as Wales is having an overhaul of paperwork a one day online course with the NRLA is now £100 , making pots of cash from regulation and pretending they are helping landlords. Governments aren't interested in the housing crisis in fact they are actively supporting more problems so they can over regulate the sector. This will allow much larger private companies to benefit in the longer term.
    The end is nigh for the small private landlord.

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    Well said Nathan. Successive governments, opposition parties, and clueless local authorities couldn’t be getting things more wrong if they’d tried.
    Their appalling policy decisions are piling misery & despair onto the very people they claim they are trying to help.
    Supply is dwindling. Rents are rocketing. Good landlords are throwing in the towel, and the thousands of rogues - they are oh so obsessed about - carry on running rings around them. Top work guys. Give yourselves a collective pat on the back.


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