§ 37. Mr. David Martin
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what plans he has for further encouraging the private rented sector to provide homes to rent for families.
§ Sir George Young
The deregulatory measures in the Housing Act 1988 are already halting the decline in the private rented sector.
Further initiatives to encourage the private rented sector include extending nationwide the housing associations as managing agents scheme, £25 million to bring vacant flats over shops back into use, and giving tax relief to home owners who rent a room to lodgers.