Landlords lobby to ‘save the private rented sector’

Private sector landlords are urging support from MPs to ‘save the future of renting’ to students and young professionals. Nurses, teachers and a generation of young workers could be hit by a government plan to prohibit areas of shared housing for groups of unrelated tenants. The legislation comes into force on 6 April when new powers will allow planning legislation to be used to control the renting of shared properties to people who are not families or related tenants. Alan Ward, chairman of the Residential Landlords Association, said: The government’s change to planning Use Classes Orders is bad not only for landlords but for the whole private rented sector, not to mention the local economies that have traditionally grown around existing areas of shared housing’.