Inquiry into whether councils have adequate powers to tackle ‘rogue landlords’Make Text Bigger
The Communities and Local Government Committee has this week launched an inquiry into whether councils have adequate powers to tackle ‘rogue landlords’.
The brief of the inquiry into the Private Rental Sector (PRS) is detailed the committee below:
- To examine the role of local authorities in the PRS focusing on the provision by councils of private rented accommodation and whether they have sufficient powers to deal with bad practices.
- Consider barriers to intervention in the private rented sector, whether landlord licensing schemes are promoting higher quality accommodation and the effectiveness of complaint mechanism for tenants.
Chair of the Communities and Local Government Committee, Clive Betts MP, said: “With a big rise in the number of people renting over the last decade, there are real concerns about the ability of local authorities to protect tenants by tackling bad landlords and practices.
“Our inquiry will examine how local authorities can carry out enforcement work to deal with rogue landlords as well as looking at approaches used by councils to provide private rented accommodation in their areas.”
If you would like to contribute to the inquiry:
Submitting written evidence
The Committee is inviting written evidence in relation to the points below:
- Do local authorities have the powers and capacity required to enforce standards in the private rented sector and deal with ‘rogue landlords’?
- What are the main obstacles to effective intervention in the private rented sector?
- How effective are landlord licensing schemes in promoting higher quality accommodation?
- What approaches have local authorities taken to promote affordable private rented sector accommodation in their areas?
- How effective are complaint mechanisms for tenants in the private rented sector?
The closing date for submissions is Friday 24 November 2017 at midday.
Click Here to see the full Commons Select Committee page for further information.
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