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Government Embraces Committee recommendations

16 October 2013

CLG Committee welcomes Government embracing of its private rented housing recommendations

Clive Betts MP, Chair of the Communities and Local Government Committee, has commented on the Government’s response to the Committee’s Private Rented Sector report. 

Mr Betts said:

"I am pleased that the Government has embraced many of the recommendations in our private rented sector report.  The proposals for a tenants’ charter and model tenancy agreements reflect our calls for greater awareness of rights and responsibilities.

Far too often the security needed by families is not being provided by the private rented sector.  I am pleased, therefore, that the Government has listened to what the Committee said about the need for more family friendly tenancies.  It is also welcome that the Government is taking forward our proposal to allow rent and housing benefit to be clawed back when landlords have been convicted of letting out dangerous property."

He added

"Whilst these warm words are welcome, the Committee will be watching closely to ensure that they are translated into action.  We will also press to ensure that the Government’s gathering of information on selective licensing leads to action to raise standards.

Much remains to be done if renting is to become an attractive alternative to owner occupation.  It is disappointing, therefore, that the Government does not see fit to crack down on cowboy letting agents and their rip off fees and charges.  It is also regrettable that the Government has declined to give local authorities the powers and freedom they need to improve housing in their areas."

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