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Tenants let down by poor enforcement, say landlords

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Landlords are today calling on the next Government to undertake a review of the enforcement of regulations in the private rented sector. Tenants are being let down by a failure to properly enforce the powers already available to tackle poor housing conditions, argues the Residential Landlords Association…

Landlords are today calling on the next Government to undertake a review of the enforcement of regulations in the private rented sector. Tenants are being let down by a failure to properly enforce the powers already available to tackle poor housing conditions, argues the Residential Landlords Association.

Last week Liverpool City Council announced plans for the introduction of the country’s largest landlord licensing scheme. However, it comes as the Council is cutting its Environment Health Services – responsible for enforcing the scheme – by up to 25 per cent.

This comes after research. conducted by the Local Government Information Unit and Management Journal, which has found that 54 per cent of local authorities believe that they are in danger of being unable to fund their statutory services.

In 2013, the cross-party Communities and Local Government Select Committee report on the private rented sector warned that it was “concerned about reports of reductions in staff who have responsibility for enforcement and tenancy relations and who have an important role in making approaches to raising standards successful.”

The same report also raised concerns that “the police are sometimes unaware of their responsibilities in dealing with reports of illegal eviction.”

The RLA is writing to all the political parties to call on them to commit to undertake a review of the capacity and capabilities of local authorities, the courts, the police and trading standards to enforce the powers they already have as they relate to private rented housing.

Alan Ward, Chairman of the RLA said:

“The RLA is fully supportive of regulations that protect both tenants and good landlords.

“But it cannot be right that regulations are not being enforced properly. This lets tenants and good landlords down.

“The reality is that we can regulate all we like but without proper enforcement then it becomes meaningless.

“Whilst debate on the private rented sector will intensify as we approach polling day we need to think carefully about what can and cannot be enforced.

“It’s time to end the false belief that regulations in themselves will help solve the problems in the sector. Instead we need a smarter approach to root out the minority of crooks who cause misery for tenants and bring the sector into disrepute.”

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The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) represents the interests of landlords in the private rented sector (PRS) across England and Wales. With over 23,000 subscribing members, and an additional 16,000 registered guests who engage regularly with the association, we are the leading voice of private landlords. Combined, they manage almost half a million properties.

1 Comment

  • And a fair argument it is!

    You need no more than a single experience of lousy and irresponsible “law enformcement” attitude in order to get your trust in authorities undermined.. I could recall at least two ocasions of “property landlords”, who have been simple UBER impudent.. I’m happy that established institutions like the RLA do back up and fully support a FAIR rental market!

    Kind regards

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