Communities and Local Government CommitteeWritten evidence submitted by David Evans

Further to the review into the private rented sector, I have been a private landlord for more than two decades and there is a simple point I would like to put forward—in the words of Mrs Thatcher, you cannot buck the market.

Put another way, if new rent controls are introduced along with tighter legislation and red tape on such matters as quality of housing, then landlords will need to factor the cost into the rents. But if new legislation prevents them from doing so, they—like me—will probably sell their portfolios.

Landlords are not a charity; they operate for profit. If there is no profit they will invariably pull out of the market. Result? A greater burden on existing social housing.

Incidentally, Shelter et al are invariably keen to impose new controls on landlords but they seem less keen to insist social landlords are compelled to adhere to the same standards. There are probably hundreds of below-par council and housing association properties but tenants there have to grin and bear it. Private tenants can always choose a better property, market conditions permitting.

January 2013

Prepared 16th July 2013