The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has launched a major new survey designed to help landlords shape the future direction of the sector.

It will give landlords the opportunity to explain their experiences and frustrations in the current system and what they need to maintain their confidence at a time when the demand for rented housing is outstripping supply.

Following the Government’s recent announcement that it is to consult on ending Section 21 repossessions, the RLA is arguing strongly that landlords need to be confident that they can swiftly and easily repossess a property for legitimate reasons such as tenant rent arrears, anti-social behaviour and wanting to sell the property.

The survey also looks at what measures might be needed to mitigate the difficulties likely to be caused by the Government’s plans and the problems landlords face when repossessing properties through the courts.

David Smith, policy director for the RLA, commented: “The system needs to be fair to both landlords and tenants.

“The majority of landlords do a good job and it is vital that they have the confidence to provide the homes to rent we desperately need.

“This survey provides an important opportunity for landlords to shape the future of the sector and ensure that it works for them every bit as much as it does for tenants.”