NUS also report on The Private Rented Sector Review

NUS also report on The Private Rented Sector Review

0:00 AM, 18th July 2013, About 10 years ago 2

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The National Union of Students (NUS) has welcomed The Private Rented Sector review from the Communities and Local Government Select Committee on which has set out a series of proposals to correct serious flaws in the private rented housing market.

One of the report’s recommendations, which NUS suggested in its evidence, is to bring the level of regulation for letting agents up to the same level as that for estate agents. The report also proposes that agents be required to publish a full-breakdown of fees in adverts and that they be prevented from charging both tenants and landlords for the same things.

Students, often renting for the first time, can be the victims of unscrupulous letting agents and would be a major beneficiary should the government take the proposals forward.

Among the Select Committee’s recommendations are calls for tenants’ rights and responsibilities to be more widely promoted to them. This is an area where NUS and students’ unions could play a significant role as students are often not yet well versed in their rights and tend to move at similar times making the timing of promotional work easier.

NUS gave both written and oral evidence to the Committee during their inquiry in May 2013.

Colum McGuire, NUS Vice-President (Welfare), said:

“Substandard letting agents have been able to get away with overcharging and shoddy practice for far too long and it is imperative that the government quickly take forward these proposals.

“Tenants should be able to expect the same standards when they rent a home as they would if they were buying. The cost of student housing is rising at an alarming rate and while standards are improving in some places with the introduction of students’ union run landlord accreditation schemes, students need to know that their agent is not ripping them off.

“It is a pity that the Select Committee have not recommended a national registration which would be able to shut down bad landlords who operate nationwide but nonetheless their proposals would be a huge leap forward for beleaguered tenants.”students

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17:30 PM, 20th July 2013, About 10 years ago

I read this with interest and in my opinion it is not Letting Agents in general that need regulating, but private landlords who invest and let properties with out an agents involvement. I have taken enquires from landlords whose properties don't come anywhere near the HHSRS, and have given them free advice on how to proceed.

However, some don't take this advice or bemoan the interference and involvement of local councils housing officers.

As an agent in Student House letting every property in our portfolio has been checked and vetted by health and housing and measures were taken to meet standards being introduced.

18:15 PM, 21st July 2013, About 10 years ago

With the private letting market; NOBODY forces a tenant to take on a sub-standard property.
If it is and the tenants resisted renting that property then the LL would be forced to improve the property or sell up.
I have to keep my properties at a standard otherwise I can't obtain tenants.
It is pointless a tenant complaining about a sub-standard property when it was obvious it WAS sub-standard before they took on the tenancy; afterwards is a different matter!!
The inventory normally is a good clue as to the state of the property before the tenancy commenced.
Perhaps if tenants inspected more carefully a property before taking it they would not be in such a position with a duff property.
To state that they have to take the sub-standard property because there is no other is NO excuse at all.

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