The government’s announcement earlier this week that there will be radical reforms of the PRS will not just create open-ended tenancies and restrict a landlord’s ability to remove tenants, but will also dissuade property investors, including institutional landlords, from making further investment in the sector, according to Collyer Bristow.
The property law firm acknowledges that reforms to so-called ‘no fault’ notices served under section 21 of the 1988 Housing Act, together with recent changes to the tax position on buy-to-let investors and the ban on letting fees, make it increasingly challenging for private landlords.
Paul Henson, a partner in the real estate litigation team at Collyer Bristow, said: “The Government has a Dickensian view of private landlords offering substandard homes for extortionate rents. Whilst the market is far from perfect, this view is outdated. Private landlords want tenants in their homes, and most tenancies are in fact ended by the tenants themselves.