An inquiry into combatting rogue landlords was announced yesterday by the Communities and Local Government Select Committee.
The new inquiry will focus upon the role of local authorities in the private rental sector (PRS), investigating whether they have sufficient powers to adequately deal with rogue landlords.
Another aspect of the private rental sector that the inquiry aims to look into is whether landlord licensing schemes are actually achieving their proposed goals. There will also be an examination of the effectiveness of complaint mechanisms for tenants. Finally, the inquiry will examine barriers to intervention in the private rental sector.
The Committee has invited landlords to submit written evidence in relation to several points, outlined below. This offers an opportunity for property investors to make known issues related to their own individual experiences and problems, especially with regard to licensing schemes.
The points that landlords are encouraged to consider are:
- Do local authorities have the powers and capacity required to enforce standards in the private rented sector and deal with ‘rogue landlords’?
- What are the main obstacles to effective intervention in the private rented sector?
- How effective are landlord licensing schemes in promoting higher quality accommodation?
- What approaches have local authorities taken to promote affordable private rented sector accommodation in their area?
- How effective are complaint mechanisms for tenants in the private rented sector?
Chair of the Communities and Local Government Committee, Clive Betts MP, commented on the inquiry: ‘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. 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.’