The National Residential Landlords Association says it’s going to submit a report to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Chancellor Rishi Sunak, and Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick outlining the need for help for the private rental sector.
The submission will be prepared following an online event which will be addressed by both a Conservative and a Labour MP.
Government data shows that in England, since the start of lockdown measures in March last year, the proportion of private sector tenants in rent arrears has tripled.
The NRLA claims that such increases are not sustainable for either tenants or private landlords, the vast majority of whom are individuals.
With the governments in Wales and Scotland having developed bespoke schemes to help tenants pay off COVID related arrears, the association is holding a webinar to consider the scale of the problem landlords now face in England, why the Chancellor needs to act to address this and what that action should look like.
The founder of the Big Issue, Lord Bird of Notting Hill, Nigel Mills MP, a Conservative member of the Work and Pensions Committee, and Yvonne Fovargue, Labour Chair of the All-Party Group for Debt and Personal Finance will be addressing the online event.
Chris Norris, policy director at the NRLA, will also be speaking.
The session, at 10am next Tuesday, will open up for questions and general discussion with those attending.
The NRLA will then prepare its report.
You can register for the event here.
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