The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has voiced its support for MPs calling for urgent action with regard to rent debts.
This response follows a report published by MPs on the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the private rented sector (PRS).
Ben Beadle, chief executive of the NRLA, said: “We welcome today’s report which calls for a proper exit plan for the private rented sector from current restrictions.
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“At the heart of that plan needs to be action to tackle rent debts built as a result of the pandemic. The committee is right to express disappointment at the lack of a clear strategy from the Government to deal with this pressing issue.
“We whole heartedly support the committee’s call for action to support tenants to repay rent arrears to be a top priority, including consideration of making payments direct to landlords.
“As the report notes, this would be the best way to sustain tenancies and help landlords receive income.”