Citizens Advice calling for National Housing Body

Citizens Advice calling for National Housing Body

15:21 PM, 26th June 2019, About 2 years ago 42

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Citizens Advice has conducted a survey into the PRS and concluded renters do not receive the same level of protection as in other essential consumer markets. Click Here to view the full survey.

Therefore they are calling for a ‘National Housing Body’ to set consistent standards, providing more protection for tenants and make it easier for landlords to do their jobs. The proposed new body could be included in an existing or brand new independent institution.

However, it is proposed the focus for the body should be on:

  • Setting the right standards: it could implement measures to standardise and clarify standards for landlords. For example, it could develop a simplified code of practice, or standardise ‘fit and proper person’ tests. Using membership of the new landlord redress scheme, the body could develop a register of landlords and use it to regularly communicate with landlords on new and upcoming regulation. This would make it easier for landlords and tenants to know exactly where they stand.
  • Create consistent expectations and requirements
  • Proactive ongoing monitoring: a national body should proactively enforce rules.​ ​This will take the onus away from tenants to pursue enforcement actions and make it easier to access redress.
  • Supporting landlords to meet their obligations: this body should be a resource for landlords to turn to to answer questions, and provide feedback guidance on regulation. This way, landlords will find it easier to know what their obligations are and follow them – providing a better standard of service for tenants.

The survey found:

  • 22% of tenants experiencing disrepair end up spending their own time or money fixing the problem.
  • 9 in 10 tenants don’t know whether a responsibility is theirs or their landlord’s.
  • 1 in 4 landlords were not able to correctly identify any of the potential outcomes of failing to meet their obligations towards tenants.
  • 1 in 3 landlords find it difficult to keep up with rules and regulations.
  • 75% of landlords agree that having a single national body responsible for standards would make their job easier

RLA policy director, David Smith, said:

“There are already well over 150 laws containing 400 regulations affecting the private rented sector. The powers are already there for councils to tackle and root out criminal landlords who cause misery for their tenants.

“What is lacking are both the will and the resources to properly use them. We fail to see how establishing a new body of this kind will help to address this.”



Comments

by Old Mrs Landlord

14:32 PM, 1st July 2019, About 2 years ago

Sums up what I had in mind when I said his attitude and tactics are far removed from my own.

by Old Mrs Landlord

14:57 PM, 1st July 2019, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Annie Landlord at 01/07/2019 - 11:51
Sums up the effects of the actions of all those blinkered bodies who are seeking to alleviate the housing shortage and improve the tenant's experience but seem unable or unwilling to see the bigger picture. Every action has an opposite and equal reaction but the interactions of multiple actions are not always equal (if you see what I mean).

by Old Mrs Landlord

15:03 PM, 1st July 2019, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by bob the builder at 30/06/2019 - 16:31
Ok, but I bags the name Rentapod for my enterprise if we ever get to that stage. Or maybe Pod-u-like would have a catchier ring...

by bob the builder

15:08 PM, 1st July 2019, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Old Mrs Landlord at 01/07/2019 - 15:03
I have just done the Copyright for Pods4U 🙂

by Old Mrs Landlord

18:09 PM, 1st July 2019, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by bob the builder at 01/07/2019 - 15:08
Looks like I'll have to go down the Trademark route with Pods-R-Us then!

by Annie Landlord

9:45 AM, 2nd July 2019, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by David Price at 29/06/2019 - 09:59
Has CAB actually said that? That it would be a conflict of interest? So they get to play God and decide who is worthy of their help and who isn't?

by Annie Landlord

9:47 AM, 2nd July 2019, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Old Mrs Landlord at 01/07/2019 - 15:03
How about Rentapod4Rentamob?

by David Price

10:10 AM, 2nd July 2019, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Annie Landlord at 02/07/2019 - 09:45Absolutely, the local CAB (Folkestone) will not help landlords because of a potential conflict of interest. They have apparently never heard of "Chinese Walls".

Surely you realise by now that no landlord is worthy of help?

by Whiteskifreak Surrey

10:13 AM, 2nd July 2019, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by David Price at 02/07/2019 - 10:10
In the current climate that should be seen as a discrimination.
Surely that is illegal.
I wonder if anyone ever complained higher than to a local Office?

by David Price

10:26 AM, 2nd July 2019, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Whiteskifreak Surrey at 02/07/2019 - 10:13
Probably not, but next time I need legal advice I will challenge CAB.


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