Just 10% of landlords support arrival of Gove as housing secretary

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Just 10% of landlords support arrival of Gove as housing secretary

Most landlords are not convinced that Michael Gove is the right person to lead the newly named Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, but hope he’ll treat them fairly.

A new survey from online lettings company LettingaProperty.com found that just 10% of landlords agree with his appointment as Housing Minister, compared to 23% who disagree with it and 67% who are ambivalent.

There is also scepticism over whether Gove will prove to be landlord-friendly; of those surveyed, just 11% feel he will, while 36% feel he won’t, and the remaining 52% are unsure.

A desire to be treated fairly topped their list of priorities, followed by a desire to see Gove deal with rogue landlords, while bringing back mortgage interest relief and avoiding red tape were also uppermost in many landlords’ minds.

Jonathan Daines, founder and CEO, says the survey highlights the scale of the new minister’s need to win over hearts and minds.

“Landlords will be watching and waiting to see how well Michael Gove rises to the challenge,” he says.

“Many of those providing much-needed rental homes seem to be reserving their judgement, creating both an opportunity and a challenge for him.”

Adds Daines: “The UK continues to be desperately short of homes, while landlords have been on a tumultuous ride in terms of government-induced financial changes over the past few years.

“Given the impact of those changes, it is perhaps unsurprising that so many landlords are on the fence about whether Gove will be prepared to fight their corner.”

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Scottish landlords: “We’re not swimming in gold coins, Minister”

With the ink barely dry on the new SNP and Scottish Greens co-operation agreement, the Scottish Government ©1999 - Present | Parkmatic Publications Ltd. All rights reserved | LandlordZONE® - Scottish landlords: “We’re not swimming in gold coins, Minister” | LandlordZONE.

Scottish landlords: “We’re not swimming in gold coins, Minister”

With the ink barely dry on the new SNP and Scottish Greens co-operation agreement, the Scottish Government is keen to forge ahead with its plans to create a “new deal for tenants”.

Ahead of the recent announcement that he would be the new Minister for Tenants’ Rights, Patrick Harvie took the opportunity to set out a caricature of “exploitative” private landlords sitting on piles of growing unearned wealth. 

I wonder if in Harvie’s imagination, landlords all swim through piles of coins like Scrooge McDuck as well?

He lays the blame firmly at the door of the landlords’ lobbyists being well funded and getting their own way.  While I am glad Mr Harvie recognises our effective lobbying on behalf of our members, I can assure him it is a small part of what we do and not where we direct much funding.

Welcome change

He is correct that we do not welcome much of his programme but contrary to his belief this isn’t because we don’t want change.

Private landlords have worked productively with the Scottish Government over the past 15 years to create a much better deal for tenants while offering some safeguards to landlords.  

For example, we strongly supported the model tenancy reforms; mandatory registration and training of letting agents; improved electrical safety and environmental standards which far exceed those in other housing sectors.

He may also be interested to know that much of our lobbying efforts are in areas I expect he too will want to see more progress in government.

Tenement repairs

For example, I would like to see faster implementation of the recommendations of the Scottish Parliamentary Working Group on Tenement Maintenance which would include legislation to allow owners to compel neighbours to carry out repairs. 

This would not only help improve conditions in tenements, where there can be more private tenants, but make it easier to reduce carbon emissions from housing.  The Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) also called for stronger enforcement for more than two decades and welcome Mr. Harvie’s support on this.

It may surprise Mr Harvie that SAL is also in favour of an open discussion about the correct size of the PRS in Scotland. 

Much of the growth in the sector has happened as a result in the reduction of social housing. This has led to tenants with no choice other than to rent privately when they would otherwise have been more appropriately housed in the social housing sector. 

We must give that choice back to tenants with a massive increase in social housing, leading to a corresponding re-balancing with the size of the PRS.

I wish the new Minister for Tenants’ Rights success in his new role and hope he is willing to work with us but we must not pretend there are silver bullets or sweeping moves which will solve all of Scotland’s housing problems overnight or that the consequences do not require careful consideration.

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