The Housing Minister has called on private landlords to improve their knowledge of private rental sector laws.
Gavin Barwell’s suggestion arrives as Justin Tomlinson, the Conservative MP for North Swindon, questions whether the Department for Communities and Local Government is taking any steps to raise awareness among landlords of the laws that they must abide by.
Barwell insisted: “We expect all landlords to understand and comply with their legal responsibilities and the majority do so, providing decent and well managed homes. We want to support these landlords and avoid placing unnecessary burdens on them.”
However, he advises: “We encourage landlords to improve their knowledge and professionalism, including their understanding of their legal responsibilities, by becoming a member of a landlord accreditation scheme, such as those run by the landlord associations or many local authorities.
“In addition, we have published guidance for landlords on, for example, their responsibilities under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System, which was introduced by the Housing Act 2004.”
The Government has also issued advice for landlords on forthcoming changes to the way tax relief is calculated on mortgage interest: https://landlordnews.co.uk/government-guide-tax-relief-changes-residential-landlords/
All landlords must also be aware that the Government plans to crack down on those that do not stick to the law. Its blacklist of rogue landlords and letting agents will be in operation from autumn 2017.
“A small minority of landlords exploit their tenants, placing them in unsafe and unsuitable accommodation,” says Barwell. “The Government is determined to crack down on these rogue landlords, who have no place in the sector.”
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We encourage all landlords to keep up with their responsibilities and stick to the law in order to protect tenants and provide good quality housing.