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Government Release Discussion Document on Private Rented Sector

February 17, 2014

A new discussion document ‘Review of Property Conditions in the Private Rented Sector’ has been released by the Department for Communities and Local Government. The paper looks at what can be done to improve conditions in the private rented sector in addition to measures that have already been announced. The main focus is to discuss how to tackle rogue landlords without negatively impacting on the good ones.

There are an estimated 3.8 million households in the private rented sector. While great strides have been made to improve conditions (with 83% of tenants happy with the service they receive from their landlords according to the English Housing Survey 2010-11 Household Report) there are still a minority that flout the law.

The current discussion document is seeking views on six main areas; rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords, retaliatory eviction, rent repayment orders, safety conditions, licensing of rented housing and the housing health and safety rating scheme. The latest move is a follow up to a package of measures aimed at helping tenants to get a good deal when they rent a home released in October 2013 when it was recommended that a review into property conditions was undertaken. The closing date for responses is 21st March 2014.

A full copy of the Review of Property Conditions in the Private Rented Sector can be downloaded here.