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Landlords across Manchester on Burnham's radar

Thursday 26 April 2018

Speaking at the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) Conference in Manchester on Tuesday 24 April 2018, the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said that he wants to create ‘Good Landlord’ and ‘Good Employer’ schemes across the city region with decent, safe and affordable housing for all.

In an open and frank discussion with delegates at the Concorde Conference Centre, predominately made up of landlords, Andy Burnham said that some people in the sector are letting you down. He barked at the audience that it’s not acceptable that eviction from a private rented sector tenancy is the highest reason for homelessness across Greater Manchester.

Despite using figures from the Decent Homes Standard, which does not relate to the private rented sector, he said that four in every ten homes are below the standard. He revealed that he would be coming forward with a property amnesty for landlords. The Decent Homes Standard is a programme aimed at improving council and housing association homes to bring them all up to a minimum standard.

The 'amnesty' would involve those landlords who do not live in the city region and don’t manage or upkeep their properties  - they will be given the opportunity to improve the property or leave the sector. The message from Burnham was clear - "If landlords don’t upgrade their property, we’ll buy it off them".

Warming to the crowd and acknowledging the vital housing that the private rented sector provides, Burnham said that landlords are an important part of the neighbourhood. The Mayor closed by reaching out to landlords explaining that Manchester has a great history of social change, and saying "Housing is now dominating change, so let’s be part of the change together."

ARLA Propertymark were represented at the conference by Tim Douglas, Senior Policy and Campaigns Officer, who explained to delegates about the importance of using an ARLA Propertymark protected agent. Tim also presented on the Draft Tenant Fees Bill and the Government’s plans to introduce mandatory Client Money Protection for all letting agents and agent regulation.