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Rogue landlords who exploit vulnerable tenants should face having their properties confiscated, an influential committee of MPs has recommended.
The most vulnerable tenants need greater legal protections from retaliatory evictions, rent increases and harassment so they can pursue complaints about repairs and maintenance in their homes, according to a report by the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee.
That's really getting into human right's breach territory....
Every natural or legal person is entitled to the peaceful enjoyment of his possessions. No one shall be deprived of his possessions except in the public interest and subject to the conditions provided for by law and by the general principles of international law.
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I Cant see a Major issue with this proposal
for Serious offenders
I feel in General Good Landlords have nothing to fear
Learn Change and Adapt ?????
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RENTAL HOUSING REPORTS SHOWS TENANTS LET DOWN BY POOR ENFORCEMENT
RESPONDING to the publication today of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee report on the private rented sector, Alan Ward, Chair of the Residential Landlords Association said:
“Tenants and good landlords are being let down by local authorities unable to properly enforce the powers they already have. RLA research has found that there are over 140 Acts of Parliament and more than 400 regulations affecting the private rented sector.
“Whilst the MPs on the Committee call for greater powers to protect tenants when they raise complaints about standards in a property, the reality is that these protections already exist and as the Resolution Foundation noted earlier this week, fewer than one-in-ten tenancies are ended by the landlord.“The problem is that over-stretched councils simply do not have the resources to properly use such powers to protect tenants from the minority of landlords who are criminals and have no place in the sector. We therefore welcome calls by the Committee for greater resources for local authorities and greater political leadership by them to root out criminal landlords.“It is vital also that Ministers adopt the Committee’s recommendation for the speedy establishment of a new housing court. This has been a key proposal called for by the RLA which would improve the speed of and access to justice for tenants and landlords. At present the courts are not fit for purpose when seeking to uphold tenant and landlord rights.”Last year the RLA conducted a Freedom of Information exercise across all local authorities in England and Wales to measure enforcement activity over a five year period between 2012/13 and 2016/17. Some 296 councils responded. It found that over this period, there was a three per cent fall in inspections by councils related to the regulatory standard for private rented housing, known as the Housing, Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS). There was also a seven per cent decrease in the number of Hazard Awareness Notices issued.The Committee calls for:
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I think the danger is if the boundaries of what they consider a "Rogue landlord" creep. Generally I feel the last thing we need is more legislation aimed at landlords. it would be nice to see a bit more balance in the report with things like the time taken to evict "Rogue tenants" also tackled.