Propertymark helps launch group committed to fairer renting

Collaborating with other leading sector organisations, forums and landlord associations, the Housing Coalition's first in-person meeting was held at Propertymark's offices in London on 22 November 2023.

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The guest speaker at the meeting was Andrew Lewer MP, the Conservative MP for Northampton South, member of the House of Commons Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Private Rented Sector.  

The Housing Coalition is made up of organisations that represent landlords, and property agents or work directly within private rented sector housing. The group has been formed to allow a collaborative voice to improve standards within the sector, make private renting fairer for the benefit of landlords, agents, and tenants alike and to provide an environment for landlords and agents to support housing needs.  

Membership currently includes: 
  • Propertymark   
  • Possession Friend 
  • iHowz
  • North East Landlords Association  
  • Safe Agent 
  • Property 118 
  • Property Tribes 
  • Cornwall Residential Landlords Association  
  • Greater Yarmouth Landlords Association  
  • Humber and District Landlords Association  
  • Portsmouth and District Landlords Association
  • Northwest Landlords Association
  • Scottish Association of Landlords  

The Coalition is also keen to expand membership to be an inclusive group for organisations that support improving the supply, quality and environment for private rental sector housing.  

Initial campaign priorities 

Renters (Reform) Bill – The group will lobby to ensure the needs of landlords, agents and the private rental sector are being heard.  This will include the challenge of moving from fixed terms from the period, which may adversely impact student lets, local authorities having adequate resources to maintain standards within the private rental sector and the UK Government introducing pro-growth measures to stimulate the supply of private rental sector properties.  

Legal and court reform – While the removal of Section 21 may have an adverse impact on the sector, the Housing Coalition recognises the move has cross-party support and will focus efforts on ensuring court reforms are fit for purpose to allow landlords to seek possession via the courts.  

Improving standards within the private rental sector – The introduction of the Decent Homes Standard must be tailored to the private rented sector; local authorities have a key role in improving standards and need more support and with the UK Government committed to meeting Net Zero by 2050 landlords can help but they need financial and taxation incentives.

This is a fantastic opportunity for Propertymark and other leading sector organisations, forums and landlord associations to collaborate and make sure that our voices are heard when it comes to reforming the private rental sector.

It was brilliant to have the support of Andrew Lewer MP at our launch so that we can ensure our voices are heard by politicians. By working together and harnessing our collective experiences, knowledge, data and case studies from across the country we can challenge policy makers and bring about positive change going forward.  

Timothy Douglas
Timothy Douglas Head of Policy and Campaigns | Propertymark