Shelter launched their latest report on PRS Standards this month in the House of Commons. Much of the statistical evidence and proposals were reheated from previous reports. Find the report here.
The main new aspects were a focus on seeking to find additional resource through halving landlords' 'wear and tear allowance', generating an estimated £1bn and loosening powers on licensing. On our behalf the BPF stressed that central Government in the UK is not renowned for its support for hypothecation and the cutting of the wear and tear allowance would simply be spent on other national or local priorities, draining the sector of funds which would at least in part otherwise be spent on PRS property. Shelter also published a report by the University of Cambridge on landlord behaviour, which didn't get much press, possibly because it didn't really accord with much of the other PRS Standards work.
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