Manchester City Council continues to consider the private rented sector (PRS) outside of licensing schemes. The RLA today (Wednesday 25th March) attended a meeting in Manchester to mark the launch of the Manchester Renting Pledge.
The Manchester Renting Pledge is an initiative by Manchester City Council who have turned their back on licensing schemes that don’t achieve anything. The Manchester Rental Pledge is a set of voluntary commitments to ensure that landlords, agents, and tenants all understand their rights and responsibilities in a bid to improve private renting across Manchester.
The Renting Pledge is central to Manchester City Council’s Market Rental Strategy, launched today (Wed 25th March). The scheme is free and looks to develop a quality PRS with well-managed and desirable accommodation. The Council believes that a strong PRS is crucial driver for economic growth.
Cllr Jeff Smith, Manchester City Council’s executive member for housing and regeneration, said: “Manchester’s private rented sector is expanding more rapidly than any other UK city – now accounting for 27% of the city’s residents – and will continue to expand as the city’s economy grows.
“It is essential that these properties offer high-quality, well-managed accommodation and tenants have confidence in their landlord to act responsibly and provide a desirable home. In turn, landlords should have assurance that those tenants will look after their investment and pay their rent.”
John Stewart, Policy & Communications Manager for the RLA, who attended the launch said:
“The RLA is pleased to support the Manchester Rental Standard. We welcome the pragmatic approach of Manchester City Council in seeking to raise the standard of private rented housing.
Too many councils impose expensive licensing regimes that only deliver a list of compliant landlords. Instead, the Renting Pledge is a simple to understand set of standards that landlords can sign up to, allowing tenants to identify responsible landlords providing good homes. It also helps tenants understand their rights and responsibilities when taking on a lease.
Scarce council resources can now be targeted at the worst housing, often let by criminal operators. Kicking the crooks out if private renting benefits everyone.”