Councils are failing tenants and good landlords
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Councils are failing tenants and good landlords

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″ fullwidth=”on” specialty=”off” next_background_color=”#000000″][et_pb_fullwidth_post_title title=”on” meta=”on” author=”on” date=”on” categories=”on” comments=”off” featured_image=”on” featured_placement=”background” parallax_method=”off” text_orientation=”center” text_color=”dark” text_background=”on” _builder_version=”3.0.94″ /][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section bb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section” prev_background_color=”#000000″ next_background_color=”#00a9e0″][et_pb_row admin_label=”row” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” background_size=”initial”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” background_size=”initial” _builder_version=”3.10.1″] Two-thirds of councils in England and Wales brought no prosecutions against private landlords in 2017/18 according to research by the Residential Landlords Association. Nearly a fifth of councils didn’t even issue any Improvement Notices which order a landlord to carry out certain repairs or improvements to a property. Following the introduction in April 2017 of new powers for councils to issue civil penalties against landlords failing to provide acceptable housing, in 2017/18 89 per cent of local authorities did not use these new powers. Half reported that they did not have a policy in place to use them. Analysis of the results from 290 local authorities replying to Freedom of Information requests from the RLA’s research lab, PEARL, showed that there was no clear link between a council operating a licensing scheme for landlords and levels of enforcement. As MPs today prepare to debate the private rented sector, the RLA is arguing that the results show that tenants and good landlords are being failed by a system unable to root out criminal landlords. The RLA is calling for a renewed focus on enforcing the powers already available to councils. This includes sustainable funding for enforcement departments, using council tax returns to help identify landlords and councils doing more to find and take action against criminal landlords. David Smith, Policy Director for the RLA, said: “These results show that for all the publicity around bad landlords, a large part of the fault lies with councils who are failing to use the wide range of powers they already have. Too many local authorities fall back on licensing schemes which, as this report proves, actually achieve very little except to add to the costs of the responsible landlords who register. “Instead of policing licensing schemes, councils need to focus on finding and taking action against criminal landlords.” [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section bb_built=”1″ fullwidth=”off” specialty=”off” _builder_version=”3.0.94″ background_color=”#00a9e0″ prev_background_color=”#ffffff”][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_cta _builder_version=”3.10.1″ button_text=”View the report here” button_url=”https://research.rla.org.uk/report/the-postcode-lottery-of-local-authority-enforcement-in-the-private-rented-sector” /][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

RLA PEARL

The Residential Landlords Association’s (RLA) Private renting Evidence, Analysis & Research Lab (PEARL) is a research-based policy exchange for the private rented sector. We provide analysis and research on the economic, social, and political issues facing the private rented sector (PRS). Through this the RLA aims to inform, develop and promote policies that help to make renting better for all. We provide high-quality research and through our reports, briefings, and events, the RLA’s PEARL provides the opportunity for evidence led policy making in the PRS. The RLA aims to make an important contribution to the policies that affect the PRS. We believe it is important that policy makers consider the evidence and the potential consequences in their decision making. We seek to influence decision makers in order to translate our research findings into an improved renting experience for landlords and tenants.