A compulsory national landlord register for England took a step closer to reality after the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) posted a job advert for a civil servant to help manage the project.
Letting agents and landlords have been waiting for some time to see whether the government will deliver on its proposals for the register, which was mentioned briefly in DLUHC’s recent ‘levelling up’ white paper.
The ad says this new role will focus on looking at possible penalties and enforcement and leading on the data protection elements of a register.
“You will lead and drive policy development and delivery related to specific workstreams on our work exploring a national landlord register – penalties/enforcement and data protection,” it says.
“This will involve significant, detailed policy work at all stages of the policy cycle, potentially including delivering legislation.”
The successful candidate will also work alongside Whitehall staff and a range of other government departments to, “understand the broader context of PRS and housing policy and ensure alignment with wider government policy”.
The job will be based in either London or Wolverhampton with a salary of between £36,337 and £39,598. Candidates have until 11th April to apply.
Sean Hooker, whose organisation the PRS is currently involved in running a pilot register with TDS in cooperation with the NRLA, says: “We will of course work with this new recruit to help them implement a workable system. It makes logical sense that if you have mandatory redress, you have your register.”