The new Housing White Paper has been published
Wed 22 Feb 2017
On 7th February the government published its Housing White Paper 'Fixing our broken housing market'. The paper contains a number of issues outlining the Government's plan to improve safeguards in the private rented sector and make renting fairer for tenants.
There are a number of areas of interest to landlords and tenants
Banning of letting agent fees: The Government confirmed that they will consult early this year, ahead of bringing forward legislation as soon as Parlimentary time allows, to ban letting fees to tenants.
Banning orders for landlords and agents: The government will implement measures introduced in the Housing and Planning Act 2016 which will introduce banning orders to remove the worst landlords or agents from operating, and enable local council's to issue fines as well as prosecute. These orders are likely to come into force in the Autumn.
Client Money protection: The Goverment is considering making client money protection mandatory for all letting agents.
Mandatory electrical safety checks: The government is also considering whether they should make it compulsory to have an electrical safety check carried out on rented properties.
Housing in Multiple Occupation: The government have set out their plans to extend mandatory licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO's) and recently consulted on the matter. Legislation is likely to come into force before the end of the year.
Build to rent and longer term tenancies: The government is proposing to make the private rented sector more family-friendly by taking steps to promote longer tenancies on new build rental homes. The government is separately consulting on a range of measures to support more Build to Rent developments.
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