Landlords and agents reject ‘disastrous’ rent control proposals in Wales

The NRLA says a rent freeze or cap would "decimate" the rental sector while Propertymark ha called rent controls a 'failed' idea.

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Landlords have reacted angrily to a proposed rent freeze or cap in Wales warning it could “decimate” the rental sector.

The NRLA says any form of rent control would be “a disaster” for tenants at a time when many are struggling to afford housing costs.

A Welsh Government green paper suggests a limit on rent increases may help tenants as the cost of living crisis bites hard.

Minister Julie James says rental costs in Wales have risen by more than 16% in some places.

“In the grips of a cost of living crisis I know there is more we can do,” she says.

“For those on low incomes we want to explore opportunities to use the levers available to us to secure greater support that will make renting a home more affordable.”

A disaster

The NRLA is calling on landlords in Wales to make their voices heard and respond to the green paper proposals, which could lead to a white paper and then a bill that would need the approval of the Welsh Parliament.

“Let’s be clear, rent controls would serve only to decimate the sector”

Ben Beadle, CEO at NRLA (main picture), says: “Let’s be clear, rent controls would serve only to decimate the sector further and would be a disaster for tenants, when so many are already struggling to find a place to rent.”

He said the minister had previously rejected a call from coalition partners Plaid Cymru to introduce rent controls.

Beadle called on the Government to improve housing supply that will reduce costs for renters.

In Scotland, the Government dropped its planned rent freeze from April in a major U-turn, replacing it with a 3% rent cap for six months, with higher increases up to 6% allowed in exceptional cases.


Timothy Douglas - Propertymark - imageTimothy Douglas (pictured), Head of Policy and Campaigns at Propertymark says: “We do not agree with rent controls as they disincentivise investment and lead to low stock levels and reduced property standards. We have also seen that they inflate advertised rents which is most recently evident in Scotland.

“The failures of rent controls have also been evidenced time after time again across Europe, and the United States.

“We believe that there must be a clear focus on introducing measures that satisfy tenant demand and ease landlord costs in order to increase the number of properties to rent and buy across Wales.

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