16 Jun 2017
Lettings chain Belvoir has released the contents of a letter that director Dorian Gonsalves has written to prime minister Theresa May.
Gonsalves makes the point that new housing minister Alok Sharma is the sixth since 2010, and that housing ministers stay in post for only a year or so.
He calls for the appointment of a housing tsar who would work with industry experts and politicians of all parties, before making recommendations to the housing minister.
He said in the letter: “It is no longer acceptable to use landlords as a scapegoat for the failings of successive housing ministers with short-term plans for the housing market.
“A long-term strategic vision for a housing market that works for everyone is desperately needed.”
Gonsalves is also calling for the 5m tenants who rent through private landlords to have access to an ombudsman scheme.
He said: “Currently, only tenants who rent through letting agents have access to an ombudsman scheme, which seems to be extremely unfair.
“If the Government is going to ban or cap tenant fees, we believe that additional measures should be introduced to provide protection for the millions of tenants who rent through private landlords.
“I hope that the new housing minister will be looking at these and other key issues, and I am confident that the appointment of a housing tsar could result in an improved long-term strategy for the industry.”
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