NLA in action
We may only be halfway through January, but 2020 is looking to be a busy year for the NLA and its successor the NRLA.
In the last few days the Government has:
- Confirmed the long awaiting end to the freeze on LHA rates, announcing that rates of housing support will in future rise by inflation – although not as yet accepting our calls for a re-alignment of rates with market rents.
- Announced that landlords in England will be required to undertake electrical safety checks of fixed installations no less frequently than every five years. This should not come as a surprise as the original announcement was made some time ago, however we had been pledged a ‘long-lead in time’ to allow landlords and the industry to prepare. Unfortunately, this has not materialised as a check will be required for all new tenancies from 1 July this year and existing tenancies from April 2021.
- Rejected Liverpool City Council’s plans to renew its city-wide selective licensing scheme. Having challenged the legality and efficacy of this scheme from the very beginning, the NLA is pleased to see the Government taking the spread of blanket licensing seriously.
Of course, much of the work of government and policy development takes place behind the scenes. In keeping with our commitment to make sure that landlords voices are heard at every stage of this process we held meetings with policy advisers at Number 10 and the Ministry for Housing, Communities, and Local Government about the Government’s programme to abolish s21 and provide tenants with lifetime deposits. Needless to say, there will be a lot of challenging debate over the coming months as their plans take shape.
Work has also begun on the NLA’s submission to this Government’s first budget statement.
In addition to calls to reform the taxation of capital gains and stamp duty we also plan to focus on LHA re-alignment, tax incentives for energy efficiency improvements and adaptation of property.
To help support our budget submission, and add weight to discussions with government we need members to tell us what is concerning them the most, what is impacting your businesses (positively and negatively), and how you are likely to act in the future.
Therefore, would encourage everyone who can spare the time to complete the NLA quarterly survey. The more landlords tell us their story, the more impactful our representations can be.
The survey is currently live for a few more days at: NLA quarterly survey please spare a few minutes (it should take no more than 10 minutes to complete) to help the NLA be effective as we can on your behalf.