17 Oct

Inquiry confirmed into private rents

Inquiry confirmed into private rents

A British Parliamentary Committee will examine the role of local authorities in tacking rogue landlords within the Private Rented Sector (PRS).

The main focus of the inquiry will be to consider where councils can be better placed to deal with the bad practices of some landlords.

With the rise in the number of private rental tenants, there has been an increase in housing issues and this has led to more complaints. It is expected the Committee will consider whether there needs to be a change in complaint mechanisms and how to encourage higher-quality accommodation options within the PRS.

“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,” said the committee chairman, MP Clive Betts.

“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,” he added.

It is estimated that one in five households are now within the PRS, compared to one in ten in 2004.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801841024-ADNFCR

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