CIEH comments on Gov's landlord consultation

Publication Date: 14th December 2016

Subject: Housing

Following the news that the Government has announced a new public consultation seeking views on measures to crack down on rogue landlords and property agents, Tony Lewis, Head of Policy at CIEH, said: 

“The private rented sector is growing at an ever-increasing rate and more people than ever before are reliant on this sector for a roof over their heads. While the vast majority of landlords provide good living standards for their tenants, there are those that purse profits rather than provide good quality accommodation. This can have a substantial and detrimental effect on physical health and mental wellbeing.

“The Government’s proposed measures to crack down on bad landlords, protect tenants and improve standards is a step in the right direction. Specifically, we would like to see the Government require local authorities to establish strategies for dealing with the private rented sector and that they also share best practice and intelligence on local housing conditions and landlords to aid other authorities. A national landlord registration scheme in England for all private landlords should also be established in addition to a prosecuted landlord database, to ensure people who are renting property are fit for purpose and do not have a history of poor practices.”

ENDS 

Notes to editors 

For enquiries, please contact Steven Fifer on: 020 7827 5922 or email s.fifer@cieh.org

Link to Government announcement and consultation:  https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-banning-orders-to-stop-rogue-landlords-in-their-tracks 

About the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH):   

CIEH is the professional voice for environmental health representing over 9,000 members working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. It ensures the highest standards of professional competence in its members, in the belief that through environmental health action people's health can be improved. 

Environmental health has an important and unique contribution to make to improving public health and reducing health inequalities. CIEH campaigns to ensure that government policy addresses the needs of communities and business in achieving and maintaining improvements to health and health protection.  

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