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Landlords should be offered tax incentives for longer tenancies, says RLA

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is calling for tax reforms to encourage and support more landlords to offer longer tenancies.

In its consultation launched in July, government proposed a number of options to implement a three-year tenancy model addressing the demand for longer tenancies from the growing numbers of families and older people in the private rented market.

One of these options proposes ‘financial incentives’ as called for by the RLA, which the government argues “could be quicker to implement” then mandatory three-year agreements.

It would also ensure that the vital flexibility the sector is good at providing is retained, enabling those wanting short-term tenancies to quickly access new work and educational opportunities.

In its submission to the Treasury ahead of the Budget on 29th October, the RLA is calling for tax relief on rental income which could increase each year a tenancy continues up to a maximum of five years if the tenancy is renewed. The relief would then remain at this level.

Alongside this, the RLA wants the government to develop its plans for a housing court to speed up justice for tenants and landlords if something goes wrong in a tenancy, especially long-term tenancies.

At a recent event hosted by the RLA, the Housing Secretary, James Brokenshire, confirmed that it will be consulting on a housing court in the next few months.

The RLA’s research exchange, PEARL, has found that 73% of landlords would offer longer-term tenancies with a combination of financial incentives and court reform to ensure that they have the confidence that where they provide a longer tenancy they can swiftly regain possession in cases such as tenants failing to pay their rent or committing anti-social behaviour.

David Smith, policy director for the RLA, said: “Landlords recognise the demand for longer tenancies which provide stability for tenants and landlords.

“Recent statements by MPs suggest that positive taxation to support longer tenancies would gain support in parliament, enabling such tenancies to become available far quicker than imposing them by law.

“We call on the Chancellor to back this pragmatic proposal.”

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    no thanx--6 months plus roll on as apt is all i want

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    no not tax relief, just a simple quick way to get non paying tenants out.

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    In my experience most tenants do not want to be tied to a 3 year tenancy either. They like the flexibility of being able to move on when they want to. I have a tenant who said initially they only wanted the property for 18 months and they are still there over 7 years later. Good tenants will always be able to stay long term with a periodic tenancy as no landlord will evict if the rent is being paid and the property is being looked after.

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    It’s the tenants that leave anyway not the landlords putting notice in as shown by RLA figures only 11% of tenancies ended by landlords and that includes the bad ones ! So in reality probably close to near zero ended by landlords without reason .. government know this but it’s nothing more than campaigning for generation rent votes as usual

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