The decision to launch a new inquiry into the private rented sector has been welcomed by letting agents.
The Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee will look into whether councils have adequate powers to tackle ‘rogue landlords’.
The inquiry, which follows a report published by the CLG in 2013, highlighting where the government should take action to improve the private rented sector, will also look at whether landlord licensing schemes are promoting ‘higher quality accommodation’ and the effectiveness of ‘complaint mechanism for tenants’.
Chair of the CLG, Clive Betts MP, said: “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.”
ARLA Propertymark, the UK’s foremost professional body for letting agents, has welcomed the inquiry as a ‘great opportunity’ to review enforcement in the private rented sector.
David Cox, chief executive of ARLA Propertymark, commented: “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.”
By Marc Da Silva