£100,000 for a bad property MOT!

by Property 118

14:41 PM, 25th November 2019
About 7 months ago

£100,000 for a bad property MOT!

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£100,000 for a bad property MOT!

Jeremy Corbyn and John Healey, Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary set out plans to put power in the hands of tenants with a new charter of renters’ rights.

Labour will announce a new national ‘property MOT’. This would introduce a legal requirement for landlords to complete an independent annual inspection to ensure homes are up to scratch, with tough fines of up to £100,000 and forced repayment of rent to tenants if landlords let out sub-standard properties or flout the rules.

New research by Labour claims that tenants collectively pay over £10bn a year in rent to landlords letting out sub-standard homes and one in four private rented homes are classed as ‘non-decent’, meaning they are damp, cold, in disrepair or unsafe.

Labour’s private renters’ charter will be based on three key rights:

  1. The right to an affordable rented home: with rents capped at inflation nationally, powers for further controls for areas facing run-away rents and local housing allowance increased to cover the cost of renting;
  2. The right to a secure rented home: with new open-ended tenancies, protecting tenants from unfair eviction;
  3. The right to a decent rented home: with new minimum standards, backed by a new annual property MOT and fresh local enforcement powers.

Jeremy Corbyn, said: “Labour will be on the side of tenants and take on ‘dodgy landlords’ who have been given free rein for too long.

“Real change means taking on those who exploit the housing crisis to charge eye-watering rents for substandard accommodation. Labour will put power in the hands of tenants with our new charter of renters’ rights, a cap on private rents and funding for renters unions to support tenants to organise and defend their right to safe and secure housing.”

 

John Healey, Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary, said: “The power imbalance in the private rental market is at the heart of our housing crisis, with rents eating up too much of people’s pay, tenants afraid of eviction if they report problems, and families with children forced to uproot their lives at short notice.

“Many landlords provide decent homes that tenants are happy with, but the Conservatives have gifted rogue landlords the freedom to flourish. Labour will put bad landlords out of business.

“Labour will legislate in year one for a new charter of renters’ rights, with open-ended tenancies, new minimum standards and rent controls to make renting more affordable. We will make private renting a better option for all.”



Comments

paul robinson

10:37 AM, 26th November 2019
About 7 months ago

From own experience of the HMO rental sector is already heavily regulated, however there is a serious lack of enforcement so rentals owned by the bad/rouge landlords just don’t get sorted, so tenants see no improvements should they be unfortunate enough to rent one.

Decent landlords will eventually exit the market as trying to jump through more badly thought out and implemented legislation will sadly be just too difficult to achieve. Or feel they no longer want to be political pawns and blamed heavily for the housing crisis.

Should labour get into power I sinserly hope they get on with building some social housing quickly, otherwise fear the crisis is only going to get a lot worse!

Dennis Leverett

10:51 AM, 26th November 2019
About 7 months ago

Reply to the comment left by paul robinson at 26/11/2019 - 10:37
They haven't realised that there is a major shortage of skilled labour, bricks etc. so it's unlikely that anywhere near enough will get built, but even if there was it still wouldn't happen especially with net immigration at something like 259,000 per annum and more if Labour get in, they all need somewhere to live. Cloud Cuckoo land.

Hardworking Landlord

11:06 AM, 26th November 2019
About 7 months ago

It is clear that some properties are not of the standard that should be provided, and Labour clearly acknowledges that some landlords do provide good housing. But yet again, they completely miss the real issue which is one of compliance. There are rules in place already and dodgy landlords getting away with flouting them. Charging good landlords a fee for a property MOT will not resolve the issues that exist. They need to invest in compliance of the current rules first, but they wont of course because thats not a vote winner.

LaLo

11:10 AM, 26th November 2019
About 7 months ago

Write to them NOW! Many politicians live on a different 'planet' as they've no financial worries in the 'real' world. I'm off to cause a little more 'pollution' when I sell up and emigrate to Spain whilst soaking up some nice juicy benefits - lovely! I can guess who's the homeless 'won't' be knocking on!

Dylan Morris

11:10 AM, 26th November 2019
About 7 months ago

Who is going to carry out the annual “MOT” and where do the personnel come from to do it ? What’s the point of building more local authority housing when it gets lost, by being sold off (with crazy discounts) under RTB ? Madness total utter madness !!

Ian Narbeth

11:21 AM, 26th November 2019
About 7 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Dennis Leverett at 26/11/2019 - 10:25I couldn't agree more, Dennis.
We are getting to or already are at the stage where additional anti-landlord legislation actually benefits the rogues. It gives them a competitive advantage.
How so? Increasing bureaucracy and setting traps in the Tenant Fees Act as well as the general anti-landlord tone of public discourse is driving law-abiding landlords out of the market and reducing the supply for desperate tenants.
Taxing landlords on non-existent profits reduces what they have available to maintain their properties. Adding extra costs means many landlords will put up the rents to try to claw back lost money. Abolishing s21 will make landlords more choosy about tenants. The tenants who "don't look good on paper" will find they are driven towards the lower end of the market as landlords with good properties turn them away.
That means the rogues (who don't care if they are in breach of 5, 25 or 50 rules) see increased demand for their substandard properties and increased rents.
Sadly, it's a perfect example of the law of unintended consequences.

LaLo

11:28 AM, 26th November 2019
About 7 months ago

Also in the Labour manifesto, any discrimination against 'Right to Rent' and 'Housing Benefit ' tenants is to be sorted!

Carol

11:32 AM, 26th November 2019
About 7 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Lee Bailey at 26/11/2019 - 10:25
The Great has gone out of Great Britain. It will become Poor Britain. Time to sell up and move to a different country. I don't trust any of them to look after workers, business, LL or tenants.

David Price

11:34 AM, 26th November 2019
About 7 months ago

I thought that penalties had to be proportionate?

Laura Delow

11:43 AM, 26th November 2019
About 7 months ago

I have a property leased to a London Local Housing Authority who state all repairs must be reported direct to them & we were not to arrange access direct with the tenant or carry out regular inspections as they would do these. We ignored these rules & still carried out regular inspections on the QT. During one visit we found 1) the tenants had somehow managed to crack the plastic bath panel which left jagged edges their kids could hurt themselves on 2) the door handle to the lounge was badly sticking making it very difficult to open & therefore a serious hazard in the event of a fire 3) the tenants heating bill was extortionately high as they seemed to be on the wrong tariff. We immediately asked our tenants to report these 2 issues (as we were not meant to have gained access without LHA permission) & as their English was poor, told them to ask the LHA to help them communicate with their energy provider about going on the right tariff. We waited to hear from the LHA with instruction to carry out the repairs but heard nothing even after we told the tenants to repeatedly report these. The tenants also told us the LHA had told them their heating bills were not their responsibility. We gave up & in the end just sent in our own contractor (without permission from the LHA) to replace the bath panel & lounge door handle & with the tenants' permission spoke to EDF on their behalf & successfully switched their tariff & we put a new 80 mm thick jacket on the hot water cylinder to further help with bills. We then told the LHA what we had done & formally complained. They eventually replied saying the issues had not been reported by the tenants (an utter lie) nor had they seen the damages on recent visits for if they had they would have taken action (again utter lies as our tenants said the LHA rarely visited & hadn't been for ages). The only thing the LHA were honest about was refusing to help tenants with energy bills even if they did not speak good English & struggled speaking with suppliers. We still deal with the tenants direct, visit regularly & carry out necessary repairs but as far as the LHA are concerned, we're never there & they're in charge!!!

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