Areas of work
Tackling homelessness is essential especially during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. We believe that the PRS is an important part of the jigsaw puzzle in tackling homelessness.
The NRLA is working with the Welsh Government, local authorities and strategic partners to tackle homelessness with several scheme.
We are currently working with Cymorth Cymru in developing a Housing First Scheme, an approach that offers permanent, affordable housing as quickly as possible for individuals and families experiencing homelessness and then provides them with supportive services and connections for any additional needs they may have.
We have also liaised with partner organisations in improving access to other vulnerable groups including ex-offenders, armed forces veterans and schemes to tackle homelessness in specific local authority areas.
Social leasing schemes
We are also supportive of the Welsh Government’s social leasing scheme, which is being piloted in Carmarthenshire, Conwy and Cardiff.
The scheme gives landlords the opportunity to lease their property to local authorities who in turn will let the properties to vulnerable people. Landlords can expect:
- Guaranteed rental income up to LHA level
- A five-year tenancy with the opportunity to increase the tenancy after
- Support on any damaged incurred once the property is returned to the landlord.
Local authority support
A form has been created on the Rent Smart Wales website where landlords can highlight any empty properties they have. Listed empty properties are then sent to relevant local authorities who can liaise with landlords to find tenants.
The form can be accessed below with frequently asked questions.
What the NRLA are calling for:
- To roll out the social leasing scheme across Wales.
- An end to the Stamp Duty (Land Transaction Tax in Wales) levy on additional homes where the property is adding to the net supply of housing including empty properties, converting old commercial properties and larger properties into smaller units.
- Reducing the Capital Gains Tax rate for the sale of residential properties so that landlords are not put off giving their tenants first refusal in selling their properties.
- Scrapping the changes to Mortgage Interest Relief to improve supply in the PRS.