Private rental regulation recommended

A review of the private rental sector in England by academics at the University of York has recommended that homes made available to tenants should pass MOT-style tests to make sure they are fit to live in. It is suggested the change could simplify existing regulations and help to drive up standards in rented homes. The study said a quarter of a million families bringing up babies and infants are living in private rented accommodation that fails to meet the decent homes standard, with the number having increased by 75,000 since 2007. It also warned that welfare reforms have left low income tenants increasingly unable to pay their rent and the changes are likely to create a “slum tenure” at the bottom end of the housing market.

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Posted 10/09/2018