Articles by Chris Norris

The risky business of rental reform

NRLA Policy & Campaigns Director Chris Norris shines a light on the new Government impact assessment of the Renters (Reform) Bill after the first draft was rejected for ignoring private landlords.

Insights and Opinions Chris Norris 07/07/2023
The risky business of rental reform

High-risk evictions paused over safety concerns

The NRLA has received correspondence from HM Courts and Tribunals Service informing us that certain types of high-risk bailiff evictions are to be temporarily paused in some regions.

Industry News Chris Norris 12/06/2023
High-risk evictions paused over safety concerns

Court Reform Essential for Renters’ Reform Plans to Work

An efficient court process, that provides timely access to justice, is essential for landlords. Unlike most businesses we can’t simply terminate contracts on expiry or withdraw services for non-payment, our investment is also a home and only a judge can order possession, which is only right. However, we can’t afford for reform to overwhelm an already overstretched court service and leave landlords powerless when tenancies fail.

Industry News Chris Norris 21/04/2023
Court Reform Essential for Renters’ Reform Plans to Work

Minister Delivers First Speech at NRLA Conference

On Tuesday 15 November the Coventry Arena played host to the first national NRLA conference, attended by more than 500 delegates, speakers, and exhibitors including the latest minister for the private rented sector Felicity Buchan MP.

Industry News Chris Norris 15/11/2022
Minister Delivers First Speech at NRLA Conference

Chancellor Delivers Tax Cutting Mini-Budget

Today (23 September 2022) the new Chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, delivered a statement to the House of Commons on plans to boost economic growth.

Industry News Chris Norris 23/09/2022
Chancellor Delivers Tax Cutting Mini-Budget

NRLA submits written evidence to the LUHC Select Committee

The NRLA has submitted written evidence to the Levelling-up, Housing, and Communities (LUHC) select committee inquiry into the Fairer Renting White Paper. NRLA CEO Ben Beadle will give in-person evidence to the committee on 5th September.

Industry News Chris Norris 19/08/2022
NRLA submits written evidence to the LUHC Select Committee

Base Rate Hike: Time for landlords to fight or take flight?

This week the Bank of England announced an interest rate increase from 1.25 to 1.75 per cent, the biggest single hike for 27 years. Here, NRLA Policy and Campaigns Director Chris Norris explores what the impact of the rise could be for landlords and the private rented sector.

Insights and Opinions Chris Norris 05/08/2022
Base Rate Hike: Time for landlords to fight or take flight?

Supreme Court to Consider Rent-to-Rent

The NRLA has applied to intervene in the Rakusen v Jepsen Supreme Court appeal. This does not mean that we are directly supporting either litigant or have become party to the case. Rather that we believe that the outcome of the case may affect other landlords whose interests should be heard and whom we wish to represent.

Industry News Chris Norris 22/06/2022
Supreme Court to Consider Rent-to-Rent

Reclaiming 'decency' for private landlords

The existing Decent Homes Standard was written two decades ago for a different sector, facing different challenges, with a lengthy implementation plan. In order to meet issues head on we need a revised standard, designed for all rented homes, and an appropriate timetable. Our proposals take the best from existing regulations and make it easier for landlords and tenants to apply them.

Whitepapers Chris Norris 24/05/2022
Reclaiming 'decency' for private landlords

NRLA in talks with Number 10

NRLA policy director Chris Norris writes about a recent visit to Downing Street for talks with Number 10 housing advisers.

Industry News Chris Norris 20/05/2022
NRLA in talks with Number 10