9 Feb

Landlords welcome policy changes

Landlords welcome policy changes

The letting industry has welcomed changes to tackle rogue landlords and encourage longer tenancies.

New housing policies are aiming to ensure tenants feel secure in their home, especially for those who have young families. According to figures, the number of households in the private rented sector with dependent children has risen from 29 per cent in 2004 to 37 per cent in 2015.

"As access to ownership has become more challenging, increasing numbers of families with children are making their home in the private rented sector," explained the government’s white paper.

"The predominant use of six and 12 month contracts can mean that families who are renting need to move home before they had planned to, which can mean children moving school, alongside the uncertainty and costs associated with taking on a new rental property.

“We are therefore keen to see more family friendly tenancies in new build private rented sector schemes," added the paper.

In addition, the government is also planning to address concerns over rogue landlords by allowing local councils to issue fines in a bid to increase health and safety standards of rented properties.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801832194-ADNFCR

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