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RLA furious over 'scaremongering' private rental data

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Finance

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The Residential Landlords Association is up in arms over a housing organisation's claim that rents in Wales' private rented sector have risen sharply.

HomeLet, which provides insurance for private landlords, recently published data that suggested Welsh PRS rents have increased by 4.6% in the last year.

However, the RLA has highlighted figures from the Office for National Statistics which suggest rents in the country have increased by the much lower figure of 0.6% over the same period.

Douglas Haig, the RLA’s vice chairman for Wales, said: “HomeLet’s figures are alarmist and deeply unhelpful to any serious debate about the private rented sector in Wales.

“Unfortunately, for many it simply suits their case in bashing the sector to reach for the most alarmist figures possible whilst simply ignoring the official statistics from the Office for National Statistics which are much more comprehensive and reliable.”

The RLA represents over 20,000 PRS landlords in England and Wales.

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