A landlords’ trade body has ticked off Prime Minister Boris Johnson for his attitude towards the rental sector.
He suggested in his speech to the Conservatives’ virtual conference that people could only make a home out of a property they owned.
But the National Residential Landlords Association says it has evidence to the contrary.
A landlords’ association survey found that 63 per cent of renters had redecorated their home and 52 per cent had made significant changes to their gardens with the permission of their landlord.
Chris Norris, NRLA policy director, says: “Whilst we believe that those who want to should have the opportunity to buy a home of their own, the Prime Minister is wrong to imply that renters cannot turn the properties they live in into a home of their own.
“Indeed, landlords much prefer to have tenants settled long term in a home they feel comfortable in and want to look after.
“If the government really wants to support homeownership it should consider changes to the tax system to support and encourage landlords considering leaving the market to sell to first time buyers.
“Reports that ministers are considering an increase in Capital Gains Tax would serve only to incentivise landlords to hold on to properties longer than they might otherwise have done.”