Propertymark: Councils need more cash to police ‘decent homes’

Local authorities need to be fully resourced for better homes and landlords who do not treat their tenants fairly need to be held accountable.

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Councils throughout England need to be fully resourced if they are to build decent homes and create greater parity between the social and private rented sector (PRS).

In its consultation response to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) on the Decent Homes Standard in England Propertymark says that landlords who do not treat their tenants fairly should be held accountable.

STANDARDS

The trade body warns that many local authorities struggle to enforce the current standards within the private rented sector and any additional responsibilities for local authorities will be difficult to manage without additional resources.

Propertymark also wants the DLUHC to focus on prevention rather than prosecution – in order to ensure that the standard of homes improves, providing information to landlords and support to enable them to meet the standard.

GUIDELINES

It also recommends national guidelines for local authorities so that enforcement is consistent throughout England as well as increase the consistency of the Decent Homes Standard.

Tenant accountability for lack of care or neglect is also important ensuring that the landlord is not liable – especially in the case of mould, for example.

Tenants should expect a certain standard when renting from any agent.”

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Timothy Douglas, Propertymark

Timothy Douglas, Property mark Head of Policy and Campaigns, says: “Tenants should expect a certain standard when renting from any agent.

“The Decent Homes Standard creates a level playing field that our members will appreciate as they already go above and beyond what is expected of them.

“That being said, the DLUHC needs to understand the immense strain local authorities are facing when delivering their current duties regarding existing standards. Sufficient resources and commitment will be required to ensure consistent and regular enforcement of the Decent Homes Standard.”

Read Propertymark’s full consultation response HERE.


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