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Committee investigates 'rogue landlords'

8 January 2018

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The Communities and Local Government Committee questions academics and charities on whether local authorities have sufficient powers to tackle 'rogue landlords', while also starting its pre-legislative scrutiny of the proposed ban on letting fees imposed on tenants.

Provision and regulation of private rented accommodation

The Private Rented Sector (PRS) 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 panel will feature academics as well as a representative from housing charity Shelter. Questions during the first part of the meeting on PRS are likely to focus on landlord licensing, incentives for best practice and complaint mechanisms.

Draft Tenant Fees Bill

The second part of the session on the draft Tenant Fees Bill will consider the legislation's impact on tenants, landlords and letting agents and how it can be enforced.

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.

Witnesses

Monday 8 January 2018, The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

At 4.30pm

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