Tuesday, 9 December 2014

New report on private renting

As people in Haslingden and Hyndburn will know I believe landlords have a social responsibility. Shelter are a great charity helping tenants with advice, lobbying parliamentarians and the government over housing issues. (If you are having problems contact Shelter.) 

Dear Graham,

I hope this email finds you well.

I wanted to let you know that today, Shelter has published a new report on private renting: 'Safe and Decent Homes: Solutions for a better private rented sector'.

The link above will take you to the full report and you can find a one page summary of its findings here.

'Safe and Decent Homes' proposes bold solutions to drive up standards and ensure everyone can access a decent, secure private rented home. Over the past year we have worked with renters, local authorities, landlords and housing and health experts to identify common-sense reforms that will strengthen the existing legislation. The report argues that we need to:

  • Improve knowledge and understanding in the sector
  • Improve renters' consumer bargaining power
  • Increase the power of local authorities

It also suggests a range of proposals that national government should consider, including changes to the tax regime and the role of Lenders.

The 'Safe and Decent Homes' report has been produced with the support of British Gas, as part of our partnership to improve the condition of private rented homes across the country.

If you have any questions or thoughts about the report, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.

Kind regards,

Martha Mackenzie

Public Affairs Officer

 

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