The announcement on the Parliament website says:
The Communities and Local Government Committee has decided to conduct an inquiry into the private rented housing sector.The Committee invites submissions from interested parties covering the quality and regulation of private rented housing, and levels of rent within the sector. Those making submissions may wish to consider the following issues:
· the quality of private rented housing, and steps that can be taken to ensure that all housing in the sector is of an acceptable standard;
· levels of rent within the private rented sector – including the possibility of rent control and the interaction between housing benefit and rents;
· regulation of landlords, and steps that can be taken to deal with rogue landlords;
· regulation of letting agents, including agents’ fees and charges;
· the regulation of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), including the operation of discretionary licensing schemes imposed by a local authority for a category of HMO in its area;
· tenancy agreements and length and security of tenure; and
· how local authorities are discharging their homelessness duty by being able to place homeless households in private sector housing.In its recent report on the Financing of New Housing Supply, the Committee considered the supply of housing across all tenures; it does not therefore propose to focus in particular on supply in this inquiry.
NetRent strongly urges all landlords and letting agents to make their views known to the Communities and Local Government Committee. In our opinion it is vital that as many landlords and agents as possible contribute to this inquiry.In particular the Committee is clearly wishing to look at the regulation of landlords. There are already over 80 pieces of legislation that affect landlords, do we really need more? Or is the industry being set up for mandatory landlord registration and licensing?
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