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Landlord confidence plummets as rent arrears worries mount

NRLA says twice the number of landlords are planning to sell up compared to those hoping to expand their portfolios.

Nigel Lewis


The pummelling endured by landlords from during the Covid-driven economic downturn has severely shaken landlord confidence, a new poll has revealed.

Two thirds of private landlords in England and Wales expect their rental business to be negatively impacted by Covid, the survey among 2,000 members of the National Residential Landlords Association has revealed.

This has caused confidence to fall; 56 per cent said they were less, or much less, confident of being able to achieve their goals over the next year compared to three months ago.

This includes that while 16% plan to buy an additional property over the next 12 months, 30% said they would be disposing of one or more properties, despite a rise in demand for homes within the private rented sector in recent months.

Rent arrears

These gloomy results from the NRLA are part of its campaign to persuade the government in England & Wales to introduce a rent arrears repayment scheme similar to the ones launched recent in Wales and Scotland.

Lord Best, the author of the RoPA report, has backed this campaign saying that such a scheme would mean that: “The landlord is happy, the cost to government is very modest and to the tenant, bearable.”

Ben Beadle TDS Northern IrelandBen Beadle (left), Chief Executive of the NRLA, says: “Whilst the vast majority of landlords have been working constructively with their tenants where they have struggled due to the pandemic, it is not sustainable to expect them or tenants to continue having rent arrears building indefinitely. This is highlighted in the lower levels of confidence among landlords and the impact it is having on their businesses.

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October 12, 2020

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