IEA - New rental rules risk backfiring

From: Think Tanks
Published: Wed May 17 2023

Matthew Lesh, Director of Public Policy and Communications at the Institute of Economic Affairs comments on the introduction of the government's rental reforms legislation

“Making it harder to evict residents is only likely to make it harder to rent. Landlords will inevitably be more selective about who they offer properties to and charge higher rents when they cannot quickly evict bad tenants. That is likely to disproportionately hurt those who are poorer, younger, and from minority communities.

“Anti-landlord measures, including tax changes, and higher interest rates, are already contributing to many withdrawing properties from the market. New eviction rules, pet requirements, and higher standards will only worsen the rental property shortage and record-high rents.

“The housing crisis won't be solved by fiddling with rental rules. Britain needs fundamental housing reform to allow more homes to be built where people want to live - anything else will continue to see renters offered poorer quality homes at too high prices.”

Notes to Editors

The mission of the Institute of Economic Affairs is to improve understanding of the fundamental institutions of a free society by analysing and expounding the role of markets in solving economic and social problems. The IEA is a registered educational charity and independent of all political parties.

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