Andy and the landlords: Burnham’s five PRS pledges

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

Our Future Renting North conference is a week away, with the keynote speaker on the day Mayor of Greater Manchester and former cabinet minister, Andy Burnham.

Since his election as Mayor of the region last year, Andy has made a  number of controversial claims about the private rented sector, and has been critical of the Government, claiming Westminster ‘has helped to create an unregulated private rented sector’.

He says there are too many irresponsible landlords, not from the region, ‘raking in money’ from badly maintained private rented homes.

He has made a number of pledges about the future of renting in Manchester.

Ahead of his address to over 200 property professionals next week, here we take a look back at some of the policies he has announced.

Good Landlord Scheme for Greater Manchester

One of Andy Burnham’s key election promises was to develop a Good Landlord Scheme. This would be set up ‘with the intention of better regulating private landlords, and to improve the standard of rented homes’.

However, he has yet to elaborate on the plan.

The RLA is supporting Karen Buck’s Fitness for Human Habitation Bill, which is set to improve the fitness standard of homes across the country and, along with many landlords in the audiences will be interested to hear what form this scheme will take and the timescale he is looking at.

Rent to own scheme

The mayor has also spoken of setting up a rent to own scheme in the region. This would seen him working with the private rented sector to help people under the age of 35 to get on the housing ladder without having to find a full deposit straight away. He has also mentioned plans to buy up run-down houses from ‘unscrupulous’ landlords in a bid to end homelessness in the region.

Introduce more licensing schemes in Greater Manchester

Andy Burnham proposed to introduce a city-wide Manchester licensing scheme as part of his election campaign and gain powers over property standards. While this has yet to come to pass, with a scheme in Moss side and Rusholme came into force earlier this year in January, and two new schemes are due to come into force in Manchester on 23rd April, including in Old Moat and Moston. The first licensing scheme in Manchester to be introduced was one in Crumpsall on 2016.

Loan finance for councils

Another election promise saw him pledge to introduce a scheme to provide loan finance to councils to buy out private landlords, if they believe that they are not keeping their homes up to a decent standard.

Book your place at Future Renting North on 24th April at the Concorde Conference Centre, in Manchester. Tickets are just £45 for RLA members and £60 for non-members.

About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

She is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and media review, and creating social media content. She also contributes to our members magazine, Residential Property Investor.

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