The Communities and Local Government Committee is to hear from groups representing tenants and landlords as part of its inquiry in to the Private Rented Sector.
The Committee will also use the session to continue its pre-legislative scrutiny of the proposed ban on letting fees imposed on tenants.
The inquiry is focusing on the role of councils in the provision and regulation of private rented accommodation while the Committee is also examining the Government’s draft Tenant Fees Bill ahead of its passage through Parliament.
The meeting will focus on the quality of accommodation in the private rented sector, how tenants can pursue complaints and the effectiveness of licensing schemes. Discussion of the draft Bill will centre on its impact on tenants and landlords.
Barriers to intervention in private rented sector
The PRS inquiry is examining barriers to intervention in the private rented sector, whether landlord licensing schemes are promoting higher quality accommodation and the effectiveness of complaint mechanism for tenants.
The draft Tenant Fees Bill was published on 1 November and would prohibit all payments to lettings agents and landlords (aside from rent, security deposits, holding deposits and tenant default fees), cap deposits and introduce new civil and criminal offences for breaching the ban.
Monday 22 January 2018, The Thatcher Room
Panel 1 - tenants
- Dan Wilson Craw, Director, Generation Rent
- Mette Isaksen, Citizens Advice
Panel 2 - landlords
- Adrian Jeakings, Chairman, National Landlords Association
- David Smith, Policy Director, Residential Landlords Association
- David Smith-Milne, Managing Director, Placefirst