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MPs muse on rented homes for under-35s

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government, Regulation

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The All Party Parliamentary Group for the private rented sector has this week launched an inquiry into access to rented housing for the under-35s.

Following changes to housing benefit rules for the age group, and the use by some local authorities of planning rules requiring permission for homes to be converted to shared housing for rent, the group will consider the pressures faced by young people seeking rented accommodation and what can be done to support them.

All interested organisations have been invited to submit evidence and a report will be produced with recommendations being made to ministers.

As well as written submissions, members will take oral evidence from experts on the 17 June and 8 July.

Announcing the inquiry, the group’s chairman, Oliver Colvile, MP for Plymouth Sutton and Davenport, said: “With over half of tenants under the age of 35 the issues of the supply and cost of private rented housing are increasingly important to young people.

“With some evidence that this group is finding it increasingly difficult to access rented homes the inquiry will provide an opportunity to test the evidence and what can be done to improve prospects for this age group seeking a place to live.

“I would encourage all those with an interest to have their say.”

Interested parties should send written submissions of no more than 1,500 words by 9 June to Ed Jacobs on admin@prs-group.org.uk

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