"Creating a fair and flexible private rented sector" Housing Minister invites views

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The Government have issued their first policy paper on the private rented sector since announcing a package of new plans to improve conditions for tenants in October 2013; which included policies such as a new 'Tenant's Charter' which TDS commented on in our blog last year. 

This new discussion document 'Review of property conditions in the private rented sector' is the first stage in their review, and invites reponses on how best to tackle rogue landlords without negatively impacting upon good landlords.

In particular it is looking for suggestions on:

  • Tackling ‘retaliatory eviction’ where a minority of landlords evict their tenants in response to a request for repairs to the property
  • Requiring landlords to repay rent where they have let a property that contains serious hazards and/or have illegally evicted a tenant
  • The need for various safety measures in rented homes, such as smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and regular electrical checks

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins said;

"Tenants have a right to live in homes that are safe. But the reputation of our private rented sector is being tarnished by a tiny minority of poor operators who flout the rules and offer substandard accommodation.

"Already we’ve provided over £6.5 million to councils to deal with the problem in their area - but I want to see what more we can do to root out rogue landlords, while ensuring good landlords who obey the rules are able to rent out their quality homes free from red tape."

Responses are welcomed by the DCLG until 28th March.


Posted by Chris Kendall on 26 February 2014

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