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We Can Reform London's Rental Sector Without Demonising Landlords

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Most landlords want to be responsible and most tenants are happy, but there’s evidence of low levels of awareness of fundamental laws concerning letting a property.

Yet deregulation in the late 1980s means it is incomparable with the rent-controlled, deteriorating rump stock of old.

Today’s rented sector houses a phenomenally diverse 2m Londoners. The sector is home to more singletons, but a third of renters also have children. It reveals how important the sector is to London and its economy. Having doubled in two decades, experts predict the private rented sector will continue to grow rapidly for at least the next decade. The strategy is three-fold: set professional standards; tackle poor building conditions with tougher enforcement; and promote US-style long-term, purpose-built homes for rent to boost housebuilding – our biggest challenge.

The latest part is the London Rental Standard, launched today. It consists of 24 measures to make a tangible difference for those renting or letting. The English Housing Survey found that two thirds of landlords have no formal property management experience, and 85 per cent have never heard of the Housing Health and Safety Rating System, despite boroughs having the power to prosecute. The London Rental Standard will help to drive consumer behaviour, with a Good Landlords portal under development and a badge to distinguish trained landlords from so-called rogue ones.

http://www.cityam.com/article/1401217729/we-can-reform-londons-rental-market-without-demonising-landlords

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Most landlords want to be responsible and most tenants are happy, but there’s evidence of low levels of awareness of fundamental laws concerning letting a property. The English Housing Survey found that two thirds of landlords have no formal property management experience, and 85 per cent have never heard of the Housing Health and Safety Rating System, despite boroughs having the power to prosecute.

Such a professional sector.

Ignorance is no defence in law, and how many other businesses survive having no knowledge of the regulatory framework in which they operate?

Edited by aSecureTenant

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Said it before, insist every BTL is a limited company. They must then meet trading standards for their industry, which can be set by government/councils the same way it is for restaurants, etc. They would also have to file annual accounts and pay corp tax. They claim to be business people and entrepreneurs after all.

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https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/9425/150940.pdf

p34.

Anyone in a new build can probably now sue!

LIGHTING

Includes threats to
physical and mental health
associated with
inadequate
natural/artificial light.
It also includes the
psychological effect
linked with the
view through glazing
from
the dwelling.
Health effects
Figures suggest that 100,000+ people are affected by
Class IV harms
annually.
Housing Health and Safety Rating System
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