Industry News Sam Hunter 15/09/2021

Landlords welcome Gove to housing brief

New Housing Secretary needs to address rental housing supply crisis, says NRLA

RESPONDING to confirmation that Michael Gove has been appointed the new Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary, Ben Beadle, Chief Executive of the National Residential Landlords Association said:

“We welcome Michael Gove to his new position and look forward to working with him to ensure the rental market works for responsible landlords and tenants alike.

“Key to this will be addressing the supply crisis in the sector by developing pro-growth policies that recognise the vital contribution it makes to housing millions of people across the country.”

A wide-ranging survey of private landlords across England and Wales, conducted in partnership with research consultancy BVA/BDRC, found that 39 per cent confirmed that demand for homes to rent had increased in the second quarter of 2021 – an eight per cent increase on the first quarter of the year.  This data also reveals that demand has reached a five-year high.