LETTING & ESTATE AGENT

Rent controls won’t work, says Hopkins

Rent controls won’t work, says Hopkins

Housing minister Kris Hopkins has written to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) agreeing that rent controls will not work.

In the letter Hopkins says: “The history of capping rents is declining investment and so less choice for tenants. Before the Housing Act 1988 when the rents were regulated, the private rented market was in decline at only 9% of the market. Since then, once lease terms and rents were freed, the private rented market has doubled to 17% of the overall market. So the lesson is that capping rents doesn’t work.

“We believe the key to improving affordability is to build more homes; and we have several initiatives to tackle this, including a new fund now worth £1bn. The fund will provide private equity finance to house builders and developers to stimulate building for private rent, and a new debt guarantee for up to £10bn, for both private rented and affordable housing schemes.

Rent controls were abolished in the late 1980s due to the deteriorating standards and criminal landlords running unchecked. The RLA wants good landlords to be given incentives to reinvest into their properties and fully supports strict sanctions against criminals posing as landlords.