Yet again we’ve seen a change in Housing Minister. Following the departure of David Davis as Brexit Secretary, Dominic Raab has left his position as Housing Minister after just six months to take up the Brexit challenge. The new minister responsible for housing is Kit Malthouse – the former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Support, Housing and Child Maintenance at the Department for Work and Pensions who has been an MP for just three years.
We can’t help thinking the rapid change in ministersis responsible for our sector is not proving effective at truly understanding the issues and opportunities in the property market.
The latest change in responsibility comes just two months after a previous cabinet reshuffle that saw Sajid Javid, the former Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government being promoted to Home Secretary after just 111 days since the role was created earlier this year. This made James Brokenshire the cabinet minister ultimately responsible for our sector – and at the time of writing his position appears to be unchanged.
But pressure about one particularly controversial housing policy has followed the Home Secretary. In May, just days after as he took up his new role, the Residential Landlords Association joined calls for him to review the effectiveness and fairness of the Right to Rent legislation, which was rolled out in England in 2016.
Since then, the move seems to be gathering pace. Last month the High Court gave the go ahead for a judicial review of the legislation. The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants argues that Right to Rent leads to discrimination and has launched a crowdfund appeal to raise £15,000 to help fund the legal challenge.
We believe that the UK should be able to tackle illegal immigration, however we have always believed that the Private Rented Sector shouldn’t be relied upon to act as border control. We therefore await the judicial review with interest.
However, whilst it isn’t yet clear what the timetable for this process will be, we continue to encourage landlords to ensure they comply with the current legislation, without discriminating against prospective tenants. We offer an easy, efficient solution to the Right to Rent legislation, by ensuring you gather the right documents and securely store the evidence.
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