The report offers a balanced cross party response by highlighting the need for better enforcement by local authorities of the wide range of powers they already have to enforce standards, comments the RLA.
The RLA argues that it rightly details pragmatic solutions such as civil penalties and banning orders to prevent criminal landlords from operating, together with a call for a clearer definition of what constitutes a “fit and proper” person to rent-out properties.
On the subject of landlord registration, the report rightly proposes that the Government should look at the barriers preventing the use of landlords contact details already available through statutory tenancy deposit schemes or to local authorities rather than creating a vast new bureaucracy.
The RLA objects however to its recommendations for annual electrical safety checks in private rented homes as there is little evidence that such regular checks would achieve a notable improvement in safety.
Responding to the report, Alan Ward, Chairman of the Residential Landlords Association said:
“The APPG has successfully produced a detailed report that resists headline grabbing hysteria.
“The RLA has long called for a review of existing regulations, and we therefore welcome the calls for greater enforcement of existing legislation before reaching for yet more red tape that stifles much needed growth in the sector.
“While there are aspects of the report we do not fully agree with, we welcome the report’s recognition that the sector is coming up with pragmatic solutions to tackle the challenges highlighted in the report.
“We therefore call on all parties to respond in kind to the pragmatism shown in this report.”