Brighton & Hove Green Council have written to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Michael Gove calling on ministers to include a national landlord register in plans for the Renters Reform Bill to help drive accountability for tenants.
Council leader Phelim Mac Cafferty said such a register “would save our enforcement teams a huge amount of time and resource and crucially give us the ability to share information more easily between local authority areas – properly holding negligent landlords to account”.
He said: “We believe it is vital accountability is introduced into the sector to drive up conditions, reward good landlord behaviour, weed out the bad and ultimately secure a better rental market for all.”
A response by Eddie Hughes, Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing, suggested reforms including “lifetime tenancy deposits” and better standards are being planned by the government, with research being conducted into a national landlord register.
Mr Hughes said: “The government has committed to exploring the merits of introducing a landlord register in England to drive improvements in privately rented accommodation and to support local authorities to conduct well-targeted effective enforcement activity.
“To explore the merits of introducing a landlord register in England, the department has been conducting user research with potential users of a register such as private landlords, local authority enforcement officers, letting agents and tenants.