Councils using ‘Intelligence’ to track down low EPC properties and fine £5,00015:08 PM, 29th March 2021
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The comprehensive report written by Dr Rosalind Beck:
Has been sent to The Centre for Housing Policy at the University of York which will be carrying out a review of the PRS led by Julie Rugg and David Rhodes who were authors of, The Private Rented Sector Its Contribution and Potential. Released in 2008 this was more popularly called the Rugg Review.
Julie Rugg is considered by many in the sector to have produced balanced reports on the PRS in the past and it is hoped the above report will be taken into close consideration.
The review of the PRS in England is being funded by The Nationwide Foundation with the remit to consider broadly whether the PRS meets the needs of tenants and if the recent tax and regulatory changes coming into force will assist the sector to operate more effectively.
Along with this main review there will also be a secondary report assessing to what level the PRS the meets the housing needs of vulnerable tenants.
Member of the all party parliamentary group for Housing and Planning, Helen Hayes MP, said “it’s clear to me that while recent changes to the private rented sector have been significant, particularly around its size and the wide ranging circumstances of the tenants living in it, unfortunately these changes are not at all well understood”
“The 2008 Rugg Review work was extremely useful and well regarded, so I warmly welcome this opportunity for it to be revisited, giving politicians and policymakers an up to date and robust picture. I expect this review of the sector to pave the way for meaningful policy changes and interventions.”
Leigh Pearce, chief executive of the Nationwide Foundation commented that this report was vital with currently little agreement on what is truly happening in the PRS and with both landlords and tenants being similarly demonised.
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