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Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has proposed an amnesty to eradicate landlord ‘rogues’ from the buy to let sector.
Andy Burnham spoke out at the Residential Landlord Association’s ‘Future Renting North’ conference, stating that he wishes to purchase buy to let properties from landlords who are unwilling to bring them up to a fit standard.
The mayor discussed the introduction of a Good Landlord Scheme in the region. This will include a set of principles for landlords to subscribe to. These will prove that they are committed to the provision of a certain standard of service. Burnham believes that the plans have the capacity to greatly improve the buy to let sector in Greater Manchester. He argued that there there are still too many bad landlords operating in the region, and that it is necessary to tackle what he described as the ‘epidemic of insecurity.’
He said: ‘Safe, decent housing should be a human right as healthcare and education are. The fact that you are at the conference today shows that you want to be reputable and do things properly. Truth of the matter is this doesn’t apply to the whole of the private rented sector. We need to isolate those that are giving the sector a bad name. We will work with you to establish what’s reasonable, what’s fair and what landlords should be expected to provide.’
Following the speech he discussed the plans for the amnesty for private landlords who fail to maintain their properties. He stated that he was currently unable to give details of what the package would be.
However, he swiftly rebutted concerns that the scheme may reward bad landlords by offering them the market price for their homes. He said: ‘Who said anything about market values? However, if people want to exit the market we will facilitate that.’
Burnham also stated that he plans to reveal a new housing policy in June, with a rough timescale of 12-18 months for the Good Landlord Scheme to be implemented.