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									Making the most of the
Private rented sector

Sue Finch
Shelter Cymru Conference
June 2011
         Changing role for the PRS ?
• increasing housing need & homelessness
 Jan – March 2010 to 2011 increase of 13%


• 50% reduction in public investment 2011/14

• a changing housing market
     1999/00            8% of dwelling stock
     2009/10            14% of dwelling stock


• the future role of the PRS ?
            The challenges

• clear messages from UK reviews of the PRS
   - a complex sector & a difficult partnership
  - largely un-professionalised
  - poor quality housing
  - in secure but …
  - becoming increasingly unaffordable
  - we’re just moving the deckchairs


• future concerns
  - HB changes & affordability/accessibility
 - increasing competition
 - future viability of the PRS
 - lack of housing supply
         Future direction in Wales

• a priority of the national housing strategy/Housing
  Programme Board

• Culture and Communities Committee Feb 2011
  - develop a strategy for the PRS
  - research mandatory registration of landlords
  - regulation of managing & lettings agencies

• manifesto of the current administration
          What needs to change?


• better understanding of the sector in Wales
•  a more professionalised sector
•  improved conditions and energy efficiency
•  sustainable landlord accreditation scheme
•  regulation of letting and managing agents
•  increase in good quality supply – institutional
  investment/changing role for RSL’s?
• a changed relationship between PRS & Local
  Authorities
A changing relationship…
          Lots going on …


• Landlord fora
• online information for landlords/tenants
   e g www.cardiffhousing.co.uk
• social lettings agencies
• landlord accreditation
• incentives for landlords eg loans, bonds, direct HB
• pre tenancy work with tenants, tenant references
• mediation services, floating support services
• corporate PRS working groups
• licencing
• PRS improvement tool kit
            PRS Improvement toolkit


• Purpose


• Development

• Content
  - awareness raising materials
  - corporate self assessment
  - improvement tools
           Using the Toolkit


•   piloted by 11 Authorities
•   new conversations
•   improvement plans developed
•   shared learning
•   collaborative initiatives
•   consistent message to landlords
•   to be rolled out and consolidated in all 22 LA’s
Making the most of the PRS

           Sue finch
    Sue.finch@wlga.gov.uk

								
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