‘Bring in blanket landlord and property licencing in England’, urges thinktank

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‘Bring in blanket landlord and property licencing in England’, urges thinktank

Property licensing schemes and should be rolled out across all of England, creating a de-facto national registration scheme for the nation’s landlords and their properties similar to the schemes already in operation elsewhere in the UK, it has been claimed.

The non-partisan Centre for Public Data (CFPD) says councils that require landlords to be licensed take more than twice as much enforcement action as those that don’t, identity more than twice as many unsafe homes being rented out and solve a higher proportion of these cases.

Commenting on the report, lobbying group Generation Rent reckons another benefit of a national register could be increased tax revenues, since HMRC has no way to track down landlords who don’t declare rental income.

In the Queen’s Speech, the government promised to consider the merits of a national landlord register and a White Paper is expected this autumn.

Published data

CFPD’s recommendations include that the register be made easily searchable for tenants, that its data is published, and that it be integrated with other property databases for EPCs, deposit protection and holiday accommodation. 

Anna Powell-Smith (pictured), Director of the , says: “In England, you have to register to run a takeaway or work as an art therapist, but anyone can be a landlord – remarkable given how dangerous it is to live in a property with faulty wiring, boilers or mould.

“A patchwork of schemes will never give renters the protection they need and are an inefficient use of council resources. A national register will be cheaper to run and more effective in raising standards.”

Alicia Kennedy, Director of, adds: “Nationwide landlord registration would give enforcement authorities valuable intelligence about this sector, make it easier to inform tenants of their rights, and prevent criminals from renting out homes in the first place.”

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BREAKING: Minister launches £65m rent fund for tenants facing eviction

Housing minister Eddie Hughes has announced a £65 million rent payment support package for private renters facing ©1999 - Present | Parkmatic Publications Ltd. All rights reserved | LandlordZONE® - BREAKING: Minister launches £65m rent fund for tenants facing eviction | LandlordZONE.

BREAKING: Minister launches £65m rent fund for tenants facing eviction

Housing minister Eddie Hughes has announced a £65 million rent payment support package for private renters facing eviction or homelessness ‘during the winter months’ and thanked landlords for their help supporting struggling tenants during the pandemic.

Eligible households should contact their local council if they require support, although it is up to individual local authorities to work out the best way to support each household on a case-by-case basis.

Any money is likely to be paid directly to the existing landlord, or a new landlord if the money is being used to support a household to find a new home.

This announcement, which references the long evictions ban during the pandemic, follows months of lobbying by the NRLA and many other organisations to offer struggling tenants direct financial to help pay their rent.

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) say this is on top of the £500 million of indirect support for vulnerable families provided during Covid via its Household Support Fund.

The funding will be given to councils in England specifically to support low-income earners in rent arrears and ‘helping to prevent homelessness and support families get back on their feet’.

Vulnerable

Housing Hughes (main pic) says: “We have taken action throughout the pandemic to support the most vulnerable families, and it is vital we continue to provide support as we enter the winter months.

This new funding will support families that are struggling and help to get them back on their feet as we begin to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Chris Norris, Policy Director for the National Residential Landlords Association says: “It is great news that those households worst hit by Covid related arrears may be able to access financial support. However, £65 million does not fully reflect the scale of the problem. NRLA analysis has put the figure of Covid rent debts at over £300 million.”

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation goes further, saying that: “We estimate that the group this support is targeted at has built up around £440m of rent arrears,” a spokesperson says.

Extra money

Alicia Kennedy (pictured), Director of Generation Rent, says: “Generation Rent has long warned the government of the devastating effect that rent debt has on people’s lives, so we welcome this new funding and its recognition of how hard private renters have been hit in the past 18 months.

“It’s a significant step forward that will help keep people in their homes when they would otherwise have been evicted.

“But with rents rising and Universal Credit cut, we fear it won’t be enough to prevent families hitting crisis point.”

Shelter boss Polly Neate adds: “With winter approaching, the government is absolutely right to act to keep people safe in their homes and prevent a wave of evictions and homelessness. For those who can access it, this funding will be a lifeline.”

The extra money will be provided as a top-up to the government’s £310 million Homelessness Prevention Grant.

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