DCLG’s consultation on property conditions in the PRS
April 1, 2014
Following the 2013 call for evidence on Private Rented Sector quality, regulation and levels of rent (which Young Group responded to), the DCLG has called for further comment on its Policy Paper ‘Review of Property Conditions in the PRS’, covering a raft of issues, including:
- Rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants
- Retaliatory evictions
- Illegal evictions
- Safety conditions
- Licensing of rented housing
- Housing Health and Safety Rating System
As an organisation with a long-standing vested interest in the Private Rented Sector, Young Group wanted to ensure that our experience and views were shared.
Our full response can be found here but we have included a few extracts in this blog post to highlight our stance on the issues raised.
Rights and Responsibilities of Tenants and Landlords
- Broader education is needed to ensure that both landlords and tenants are aware of their obligations so that both groups understand what is required of them.
- The penalties against landlords convicted of illegal evictions could be strengthened to act as further deterrent. However, with a caveat that the onus on proving illegal eviction is cumbersome.
Licensing of Rented Housing and Regulation
- Like much of the industry, Young Group believes that the issue is not one of a lack of regulation, more a lack of required monitoring and enforcement by the authorities and agencies responsible.
- Furthermore, heightened awareness of tenant / landlord rights and obligations is likely to increase the reporting of breaches, which would assist the relevant authorities in monitoring and pursuing enforcement.
Regulation of Fees and Charges
- Young Group believes that the level of fees and charges should not be regulated and should be left to the market mechanisms. For the market to function effectively, and fairly, Young Group believes that it is imperative for transparency of fees to be a requisite of agency licensing and regulation.
Young Group believes that the Private Rented Sector is vital to housing the country’s work force and thus instrumental in helping economic growth which is why we feel it is our responsibility to use our expertise to help the government shape policy.
Read Young Group’s response to the consultation to find out more about our views in shaping the PRS.