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Tory duo warned not to delay rental reform - key supplier speaks out

A prominent trade body is warning Tory leadership candidates not to put rental reform on the back burner and add to the uncertainty in the lettings industry.

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks’s chair, Daniel Evans, says: “The latest chaos to surround Westminster could overshadow and delay the introduction of rental reform, leaving the lettings sector in limbo yet again. There is even the chance that the reforms could be scrapped or watered down completely if the next PM and their new team is keen for a new direction and a fresh break from the past.”

Evens predicts that the two candidates – former Chancellor Rishi Sunak and current Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, who is the favourite – are unlikely to make wholesale changes to the recently-released Fairer Private Rental Sector White Paper given its cross-party and public support, but each could have slightly different views on how much of a priority it is.


“It should be beyond politics – driven forward regardless of who is Housing Secretary or Housing Minister at any given time – because these positions change too frequently” adds Evans.

“The latest reshuffle in the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities is likely to make the journey to rental reform an even slower one. Only Eddie Hughes, the minister for rough sleeping and housing, has remained in post at the department – such a radical change is likely to have an impact on getting things through and getting things done. This will only be made worse by the ongoing Tory Party leadership battle and the summer recess which sees everything slow down anyway.”

New research by Total Landlord Insurance reveals that 17 per cent of landlords planned to reduce the size of their portfolio due to the government’s latest plans to reform the rental sector.


These statistics, claims Evans, show the level of uncertainty there is among landlords across England. 

“There are no guarantees all points made in the White Paper will make it to the official reform bill when there are changes in government. New points will likely get added and there will be further clarification at some point.

“Levelling up and housing reform weren’t just Boris Johnson’s idea – he was just the figurehead for it. Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss, for example, seemed to be very much on board with this agenda. Truss, the favourite, was loyal to Boris to the last, and although she’s been seen as the change candidate by offering tax cuts, it’s unlikely she’d rip up the manifesto that the Tories won on in 2019, nor make a complete break from the past. This could help to expedite rental reform.

“Whatever happens, it’s important for the government not to take its eye off the ball with rental reform, which will simply leave landlords, agents, and tenants in limbo again.”

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    Another publicity stunt from an organisation l have never heard of ! What right do they have to speak on a subject that doesn't affect them.


    It has nothing to do with them, They represent neither landlords nor agents. They gave one job and one job only, to prepare an accurate and independent inventory of the property on move in.

    We use an AIIC member and he certainly does not wish to be an agent or even a landlord.


    Do they have a vested interest in "rental reform" making inventories compulsory?


    @ Ellie Edwards. that would explain Daniel Evans' desire to poke his nose in on matters that do not concern him.

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    If too much pressure is put on private landlords and delays in not being able to deal with difficult tenants and not being able to easily recover their property in any new government reforms. They will stop providing rental properties and withdraw from the market. Only doing Holida Lets or Air bnb


    That is spot on Margaret!


    Wales is introducing new measures to tackle Air BnB, holiday lets and second homes from April so be very wary of jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire! Scotland is doing similar and England looks set to follow.


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