Michael Gove: Private landlords are ‘vital’ for the rented sector

Housing Secretary says landlords provide tenants “with flexibility and choice, and the value for money options that go with them”.

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Independent landlords are ‘vital’ to ensuring a fair and functioning private rented sector (PRS) Housing Secretary Michael Gove has confirmed.

Writing for the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA), Gove says landlords provide tenants ‘with flexibility and choice, and the value for money options that go with them’.

In his article for the NRLA’s members magazine, Gove explains the Government’s plans to reform the sector following publication of the Renters (Reform) Bill.


He writes of the common interests both landlord and tenant have in a property as being: “A place that can be at the same time a home and an investment, a valued asset and precious security, a shelter and haven.”

He adds: “It is vital that these relationships work for everyone, and that we strive to strike a balance for all.”

Focussing on the Government’s plans to reform the sector, which includes ending Section 21 repossessions, the Secretary of State also warns that in the minority of cases where relationships between landlords and tenants’ breakdown ‘it is important that the law is there for the victim – whether tenant or landlord’.

He also pledges to provide ‘more comprehensive grounds for landlords to recover properties’ and to make it ‘easier to repossess them where tenants are at fault’.

He concludes the piece by declaring that the Government looks forward to working closely with the NRLA ‘to shape the sector for the good of landlords, and tenants, right across the country’.


Ben Beadle, NRLA Chief Executive, says: “As he rightly notes, the Renters (Reform) Bill needs to work for responsible landlords every bit as much as tenants.

Ben Beadle, NRLA

“Without this it will serve only to exacerbate the rental housing shortage many tenants are now facing.

“The NRLA will continue to work closely with ministers to ensure the details of the Bill work for all.

“This includes campaigning for improvements to the courts system to ensure landlords are not left for months on end where they have a legitimate reason to repossess a property.”


  1. Do I sense the smell of panic here in that they have created a nightmare housing crisis but like all MPs they cannot admit to so now we slowly do u turns in the hope we don’t notice. I don’t trust Gove at all and up to now he has made a mess of the whole renting issue. To make this work he needs to totally revamp the legal process, look at the tax issues and start looking at landlords as being part of the solution not the cause of the problems. Also listen to the industry rather than only Shelter but I don’t see that happening.

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