Select Committee: The private rented sector

The Communities and Local Government Committee has decided to conduct an inquiry into the private rented housing sector.  The Committee invited submissions from interested parties covering the quality and regulation of private rented housing, levels of rent within the sector, and the following issues:

  • the quality of private rented housing, and steps that can be taken to ensure that all housing in the sector is of an acceptable standard;
  • levels of rent within the private rented sector - including the possibility of rent control and the interaction between housing benefit and rents;
  • regulation of landlords, and steps that can be taken to deal with rogue landlords;
  • regulation of letting agents, including agents' fees and charges;
  • the regulation of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), including the operation of discretionary licensing schemes imposed by a local authority for a category of HMO in its area;
  • tenancy agreements and length and security of tenure; and
  • how local authorities are discharging their homelessness duty by being able to place homeless households in private sector housing.

ARLA circulated a survey to its members concerning these issues and the responses received informed ARLA's evidence which has been submitted to the select committee, which you can read here.

You can read the full responses here.

Please find attached ARLA's follow up letter to the committee by clicking here.

The House of Commons has issued a Library Standard Note regarding Regulation of Private Sector Lettings and Managing Agents (England). This can be found by clicking here.