"The needs of those involved in lettings remain largely as they've been for the past year or so. Clarity on the proposed ban of letting agent fees payable by tenants is vital. Having been first announced a year ago, there has been much debate on this topic both within the industry and in the smoke-filled corridors of Westminster. There was even a consultation period between April and June, yet there is still no confirmed date for its implementation and whilst April 2018 has been mooted, the industry requires this to be firmed up as soon as possible. A U-turn on the scrapping of mortgage interest relief would also be widely welcomed by all. However, accepting that is probably quite unlikely, any good news that would ease some of the pressure on landlords' finances would be well received. Of course, the state of the UK's rental housing stock and the need to improve conditions for tenants continues to be a hot topic. In my mind, the introduction of incentives that would enable landlords to renovate and refurbish some of this stock would be a shrewd move by the Chancellor, whether that be via tax breaks or removal of VAT on building works."