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New All-Party Parliamentary Group for Private Rented Sector

publication date: Aug 12, 2011
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Conservative MP for Poole, Robert Syms, who has led on forming the new Parliamentary Group.Forty-eight Members of Parliament and Peers from across the political parties have established a new All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Private Rented Sector.

The Group will aim to inform policy better towards private rented housing at a time when changes to housing benefit, regulatory issues and the increasing demands being placed on the sector are highlighting the growing significance of private rented housing.

Conservative MP for Poole, Robert Syms (right) who has led on forming it said, “With waiting lists for social housing continuing to increase and home ownership remaining difficult for many, private rented accommodation is becoming increasingly important to meeting the UK’s housing needs.

“The establishment of this All Party Group will enable MPs and Peers from all parties to engage directly with landlords and tenants to consider issues of importance and where appropriate, agree on recommendations for action by government.”

Alan Ward, Chairman of the Residential Landlords Association who will provide the secretariat to the Group said, “The RLA wholeheartedly supports the decision to establish a cross party group for the private rented sector.

This will enable landlords, tenants and other stakeholders to engage in a constructive dialogue with Parliament on how to meet increasing demand whilst ensuring high standards of housing and management. “The RLA looks forward to playing its part in supporting the Group to meet its aims, objectives and programme.”