Landlords property could be consficated

Published on Thu, 19th Apr 2018 07:49

The Government are proposing even more laws for landlords and current ones reviewed.

A report has been issued today (April 19th) by the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee, which over recent months has held a series of meetings to hear evidence regarding the PRS.

Their report calls for:-

  • more leadership by poorly performing councils to maintain standards.

    The report states  “It is clearly the case that some local authorities have placed a higher priority on addressing low standards in the private rented sector than others have done. We believe this disparity in effective action can only be resolved through political leadership.” 

  • More ways should be found to advise tenants and landlords of their rights and responsibilities, in particular through social media.

  • The Law Commission will be asked to review the current legislation of the PRS especially to provide more clarity to tenants, landlords and local authorities.

  • An immediate review of the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS).

  • The creation of a specialist Housing Court.

  • A new fund “to support local authorities with this work, especially those that prioritise informal approaches to enforcement”;

  • In the most extreme cases, badly behaving landlords could have their rental properties confiscated;

  • Tenants should be even more protected against retaliatory evictions, unfair rent increases and harassment.

  • Selective licensing schemes should be more local and politically accountable.

 

The report summary can be seen here; the conclusions here and the full report here.  An overview can be seen here.