Communities and Local Government CommitteeWritten evidence submitted by Jonathan Davis

Regarding length of tenancies, it is disgraceful that the longest AST is three years. It is also disgraceful that lenders can disallow a tenancy of over 12 months.

Give tenants some security and allow tenancies of up to nine years.

Also, landlords should give tenants longer notice periods. Four months in the case of landlords and one month in the case of tenants.

These would give greater protection to tenants than currently where there is minimal if any protection.

Ultimately if the deal is bad the two parties will part sooner. However, currently the tenant has little protection.

There should be no rent control. Let the market decide.

January 2013

Prepared 16th July 2013