The National Landlords Association (NLA) has welcomed the appointment of Dominic Raab MP as Minister of State for Housing.
Raab takes over from Alok Sharma MP who was moved to the Department for Work & Pensions as the Minister of State for Employment after a short 7 month tenure as Housing Minister.
Elected as the Conservative MP for Esher and Walton in May 2010, Raab was previously a Justice Minister, having been appointed to this role in June 2017. He has previously worked as a lawyer and at the Foreign & Commonwealth office.
The appointment of Mr Raab makes him the seventh Housing Minister since 2010. In addition to this shake-up of ministers, the department itself has been rebranded. Formerly the Department for Communities & Local Government (DCLG), the newly named Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) is supposed to signal the Government’s renewed focus on housing as a national priority.
Richard Lambert has written to Mr Raab to congratulate him on his appointment and the NLA is seeking a meeting at his earliest convenience to discuss the many pressing issues facing landlords and the private rented sector.
Richard Lambert, Chief Executive Officer of the NLA, commented on the new appointment:
“The issues are piling up on the Housing Minister’s desk, so Dominic Raab will need to bring all of his lawyerly experience to mastering his new brief. The prominence given to housing in the reshuffle shows that the Government realises that, after Brexit, this is one of the most pressing issues for the country. We welcome his appointment and hope that he is given the time and support to make a real impact.
“I urge him take a proactive approach to building strong relationships across the whole sector and to develop a rounded understanding to housing policy, particularly when shaping the regulatory agenda the Government has proposed for the private rented sector.
“I also wish to take this opportunity to bid farewell and to thank the out-going minister Alok Sharma MP.”