Anti-landlord rhetoric in the fight against homelessness must end

As demand for social housing far exceeds supply, the private rental sector (PRS) must be seen as part of the solution to the housing crisis and an immediate end to anti-landlord rhetoric.

The Senedd Local Government and Housing Committee consultation on homelessness following an unprecedented demand for temporary accommodation supply by local authorities specifically wanted to explore the supply of temporary accommodation, the impact of living in temporary housing on individuals and their families and ways in which the supply of temporary affordable housing could be increased.

Propertymark stressed that the Welsh Government must increase the supply of private and social housing.

Increase supply in the private rental sector

We insisted that temporary accommodation should be just that – temporary. To meet the needs of vulnerable people, they need durable housing that they can call home. When families live in temporary accommodation, they have reduced medical, educational and employment opportunities. With the right supports in place, more families can access PRS.

We took the opportunity to issue a further warning about proposals to increase notice periods to six months that may have on offer in the PRS. This could be further impacted by rent freezes that could be considered in early 2023.

Local housing allowance

Propertymark also stressed that the Welsh Government must continue to ask the UK Government to increase Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates to keep in line with market rents, scrap shared accommodation rates and review large areas of the rental market that do not reflect the fair LHA. rates.

Local authorities also have a role to play in ensuring that vulnerable tenants have adequate access to discretionary housing payments to help them with rent arrears or other housing-related financial problems.

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