Private Rented Housing: Landlords:Written question - HL372

Q
Asked on: 23 October 2019
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Private Rented Housing: Landlords
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Chartered Institute of Housing and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health A licence to rent, published in January, calling for the creation of a national landlord register for the private rented sector in England.
Answered on: 05 November 2019

A detailed assessment of this report has not been made. This Government commissioned an independent review into selective licensing which was published on 25 June 2019 and the recommendations are currently being reviewed.

This Government has no current plans to introduce a national landlord register, which could place an additional regulatory burden on landlords. This Government is committed to improving the private rented sector by driving out criminal landlords and landlords who consistently neglect their responsibilities to provide safe and decent accommodation.

Local authorities currently have a wide range of powers available to them including banning orders for the worst offenders, civil penalties of up to £30,000 and a database of rogue landlords and property agents targeted at the worst persistent and criminal offenders.

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