“A survey of landlords conducted by the Ministry of Housing shows the number of properties in the private rented sector increased from 3.6 million in 2017 to 4.5 million in 2018.”
The facts are there, by 2012, private renting overtook social renting to become the second largest housing sector in England.
The Private Renting Sector is failing tenants up and down the country, and the fact is that these people are the most vulnerable in society and are not been looked after like a social housing tenant would be.
Councils nationwide are calling for more powers to license private landlords, but with an already tight budget it is up to the secretary of state to approve such schemes in cities and towns across the UK.
Many private landlords have already been hit hard by being taken to court over failing on their responsibilities as a decent landlord.
Problems such as letting a property fall into disrepair, with damp and mould problems, which can affect not just the property, but the tenant’s health are all too common up and down the country.
Most landlords are decent and mindful and don’t let these things happen, but there is a lot out there that spoil it for the rest of the sector, and the issue is there just isn’t enough regulations to protect private tenants.
It has been recently suggested by the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson that we need to see a simple national registration scheme for landlords, to make sure they are fit and proper people. Just as Landlords would require references to make sure their tenants are good tenants.
“Its key recommendations of registration and licensing of landlords and agents were never implemented in England but were taken forward in Wales, while Scotland introduced landlord licensing in 2006 and has recently gone even further with the abolition of no-fault evictions and the first steps towards regulation of rents.”
(Review for the government by Julie Riggs and David Rhodes from the University of York)
Joe Anderson also said “This needs to be backed by strong local enforcement in partnership with other agencies that we can share information and intelligence with. We need stronger penalties for the worst landlords, and for government to stand four-square behind councils when they take action.”
(Joe Anderson, mayor of Liverpool; and cabinet lead on housing, Core Cities UK)
The big issue right now is not having the power to implement such schemes and regulations, and until the government looks at the bigger picture and sees how much the Private Renting Sector has expanded over recent years, and hears the plights of tenants living in depressing conditions then not much can be done.
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