28 Feb

Landlords defend houses for rent in Newcastle

Landlords defend houses for rent in Newcastle

A campaign has been launched to save houses to rent in Newcastle following the city council's announcement to change planning regulations.

The National Landlord Association (NLA) is fighting proposals which would make it difficult for buy-to-let investors to offer shared houses to rent in the area.

Under council plans, all new Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs) - homes shared by three or more people – would require planning permission.

People looking for property to rent in Newcastle could face a decline in supply as a result.

David Salusbury, chairman of the NLA, said: "Like many other cities across the country, Newcastle has a lack of good-quality affordable housing.

"We are calling on landlords and tenants in Newcastle to oppose these changes by joining our web-based campaign."

The NLA recently welcomed the government's decision to remove a planned cut in housing benefit from the Welfare Reform Bill.

A decision by ministers not to cut Local Housing Allowance (LHA) by ten per cent as originally proposed has resulted in more security for vulnerable tenants.ADNFCR-1222-ID-800432380-ADNFCR

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