Government considering proposals to provide tax incentives for longer tenancies
LANDLORDS are welcoming proposals being considered by the Government to provide financial incentives for those offering longer tenancies according to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA).
In its recentley launched consultation, the Government is proposing a number of options to implement a three year tenancy model addressing the demand for longer tenancies from the growing numbers of families and older people in the private rented market.
One of these options proposes ‘financial incentives’ as called for by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA), which the Government argues “could be quicker to implement” then mandatory three year agreements.
The report cites RLA research on the issue extensively, including that 63 per cent of landlords have said that tax relief would encourage them to offer a longer tenancy.
David Smith, Policy Director for the Residential Landlords Association, said:
“With landlords having faced a barrage of tax increases we believe that smart taxation, such as that being proposed today, would provide the longer term homes to rent many families and older people want.
“We would warn against making it a statutory requirement to introduce three year tenancies. Many tenants simply do not want to be tied to a property long term. It is vital that the market is able to provide the flexibility that many need in order to swiftly access new work and educational opportunities.”
Read the news release from RLA in full click here.