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Landlords demand 'Property Passports' to prove housing conditions

Brand new ‘property passports’ would help landlords prove their homes are compliant and assist tenants to identify decent and safe housing, it’s been claimed.

Under plans devised by the National Residential Landlords Association such passports would certify that a property met all legal standards, would list improvements made to properties, and contain copies of all safety certificates. 

Prospective and existing tenants would be able to access the passport online

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At the same time, councils would be able to conduct spot checks to verify the passport is a true record of the state of the property. For social sector landlords, an independent organisation would have the power to check that local authorities have conducted assessments correctly.

The NRLA initiative follows a government proposal - unveiled in thew Queen’s Speech earlier this month - that the existing Decent Homes Standard should be extended to apply to the private rented sector, not just social housing.

The NRLA argues this initiative should be tailored to the private rented sector and bring together the 168 pieces of legislation already affecting it rather than introducing new requirements. 

A statement from the association says: “What is needed is a standard that simplifies the measures that already exist and can be easily understood by tenants and landlords alike.”

According to official statistics, the vast majority of private landlords already provide decent housing. 

Some 88 per cent of private rented properties in England have none of the most serious ‘Category One’ hazards whilst almost 94 per cent have no damp problems. In addition, 83 per cent of private renters are satisfied with their accommodation, a higher proportion than in the social rented sector.

However, the association emphasises that it remains concerned about the minority of landlords who provide unsuitable housing and who damage the reputation of responsible landlords complying with regulations.

 

NRLA chief executive Ben Beadle says: “We want to make it easier for the vast majority of compliant landlords to prove to tenants what they already do, namely providing decent and safe housing. 

“Those who do not would have no option other than to shape up or ship out.

“This would be based on proving compliance with existing laws, not creating new regulations. With almost 170 laws affecting the private rented sector it can hardly be dubbed the wild west. What is needed is better understanding and enforcement of this existing legislation.”  

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  • George Dawes

    once everything is social housing , watch the standards fall

    they'll look back on the prs and realise they weren't so bad after all

  • John  Adams

    Ah The NRLA or Shelter as they are now known....

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    I am amazed that the NRLA have any members left !

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    How about a tenants passport, showing good rent payment record and looking after the property. Would make selecting good tenants easier.

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    Would be beneficial to good tenants and landlords alike, but a disadvantage to rogue tenants, so Shelter, GR, and Acorn would be dead against it as they like to back the rogue tenants

     
  • PossessionFriendUK PossessionFriend

    Its NRLA members that need to ' ship out ' of an organisation that more represents Tenants than Landlords !

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    Andrew, very naive of you, tenants inspect the property, and can turn it down. Another layer of expensive beaurocravy !! Ben Beadle leads the government sycophants, clearly has no idea about being a landlord !

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    Oh good, another layer of paperwork that we pay for…. Sorry…. The tenants pay for !

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