Industry News Sam Hunter 13/10/2023

NRLA welcomes appointment of Simon Clarke as DLUHC Secretary of State

With the Truss administration underway the Prime Minister has now completed her cabinet reshuffle, in which Simon Clarke MP was appointed as the new Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Responding to this news, Ben Beadle, Chief Executive of the National Residential Landlords Association, said:

“The NRLA welcomes Simon Clarke’s appointment as Housing Secretary.

“The new Minister will need urgently to address the rental housing supply crisis. Damaging tax hikes and uncertainty over reforms to the private rented sector are leading many landlords to leave the market when demand for rented homes remains high. All this is doing is increasing rents, making it more difficult for those wanting to become homeowners.

“The Government needs to look afresh at the rental reform White Paper to ensure the plans in it have the confidence of responsible landlords.  This needs to include action to tackle anti-social tenants, scrapping plans that would damage the student housing market, and reforming the courts to ensure legitimate possession cases are dealt with more swiftly.”