We surveyed our own landlords to find out what they think about the proposals.
60% strongly agree with the proposal for a new tenancy regime with a further 8% agreeing. Only 4% strongly disagree with the proposals.
Looking more specifically at the proposals we asked if they agreed that the new list of repossession grounds covers all reasonable circumstances. 12% strongly agreed and 56% agreed. Although a significant minority (32%) disagreed none strongly disagreed.
When we asked if they agreed with plans to remove the 'no-fault' ground and have this new list grounds for repossession 60% strongly agreed or agreed and 40% disagreed or strongly disagreed.
We then asked three questions about proposals relating to rent.
Firstly we asked if they agreed that rent reviews should be restricted to no more than once a year. An overwhelming 96% agreed this was fair.
There was some more resistance to the proposal to ensure tenants are given 12 weeks' notice of rent changes but 60% still strongly agreed or agreed versus 40% disagreeing and none strongly disagreeing. We think this is probably because they felt it was too much notice rather than the idea of having to give notice at all. We have always felt 12 weeks is too long and that 8 weeks could be sufficient. However, if you are trying to plan your budgets ahead as a tenant there is an argument for longer notice periods.
We then explained that tenants in short assured tenancies already have the right to apply for rent determination by a rent assessment tribunal and asked landlords if they agreed tenants should be able to ask for a rent assessment by the new first tier tribunal under the proposed tenancy regime. 62% strongly agreed or agreed with this and 38% disagreed or strongly disagreed.
Finally, we asked our landlords if the planned new tenancy regime would make them more or less likely to continue being a landlord. We found that 68% thought it would not change their plans and 8% thought it would make them more likely to continue as a landlord. 24% thought it would make them less likely to continue as a landlord.