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Submit your evidence to Private Rented Sector Inquiry

Friday 13 October 2017

The Communities and Local Government Committee has launched an inquiry into whether councils have adequate powers to tackle rogue landlords.

The Committee is inviting written evidence in relation to the points below:

  • 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 areas?
  • How effective are complaint mechanisms for tenants in the private rented sector?

The inquiry follows on from a Committee report published in 2013 which highlighted five key areas in which the Government should take action including: reviewing and simplifying the legislation covering the sector; giving local authorities the tools they need to enforce the law and raise standards; better regulation of letting agents; a cultural shift towards longer tenancies; and a renewed effort to boost housing supply.

You can respond to the inquiry by submitting a word document before the closing date of 24 November.

Read the guidance on submitting evidence to the select committee. 

David Cox, Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark, commented on the inquiry:

“ARLA Propertymark welcomes this inquiry. This is a great opportunity to review enforcement in the private rented sector. For years successive governments have introduced law after law with no evaluation of their effectiveness. With what appears to be a coherent strategy on the regulation of the PRS coming from the Government, it is an ideal time to review what has worked and what hasn’t.”

If you're an ARLA Propertymark member you can read more about Selective Licensing schemes in England by downloading our fact sheet