Industry calls for a Minister for Renting

The Founder and CEO of Love to Rent has written to the Prime Minister and Government Ministers to appoint a Minister of Renting.

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The Founder and CEO of Love to Rent  – Anne-Marie Brown – has written to the Prime Minister and Government Ministers urging them to support millions of tenants across the country by appointing a Minister for Renting. 

In a letter to Boris Johnson – which has been co-signed by major industry names including Arcadis, Folio and Hera, Anne-Marie Brown has called for the formal appointment of a Minister for Renting to “oversee and raise standards for millions of people currently in rental accommodation, much of which is not fit for purpose and to enforce standards on landlords who do not comply and to encourage and play a part in the growing Build to Rent sector which has the ability to improve lives for the future.” 

“The Government should recognise that providing appropriate places to live should be their focus with the growing rental market being a key element, not just home ownership.”

Richard Jones, Arcadis

The letter comes in the wake of the growing Build to Rent sector, which is expected to be worth £550bn, contributing to the current private rental housing value of £1.5tn. Companies such as John Lewis Partnership are also entering the marketplace with 20 sites identified, with them already a landlord at three properties. 

28% of the population are living in private rented accommodation – and this figure is projected to rise to just under 40% by 2025, overtaking owner-occupiers for the first time. 

“Rented accommodation requires different governance than home-ownership, yet when both are being handled by the same Minister, they often focus predominately on increasing rates of home ownership to the detriment of the rented market. 

“Younger generations are becoming increasingly less reliant on private ownership in favour of rental properties that provide a secure and flexible lifestyle and this demand is only set to increase, as the Build to Rent sector continues to flourish.

“As the number of people renting rises and the profile of renters changes – with more families and older people choosing to rent – we need to refocus the agenda, placing more emphasis on improving conditions for renters, including holding landlords to account for poor performance, and promoting longer more secure tenancies.

“People have also started to re-evaluate where they want to live and what they want out of a home since the start of the pandemic, with many looking for pet friendly developments, space to work from home, access to high speed broadband and also social and community events to allow for social interaction. Love to Rent is the perfect portal to find these homes.” 

Anne-Marie Brown, Founder and CEO, Love to Rent