Rogue landlords in crosshairs following new government guide

The government claims “the heat is on” for rogue landlords with the launch of a new tenants’ guide.

The ‘how to rent’ guide provides a checklist for private tenants, and is designed to be used ‘on the move’ on smartphones or tablets, while tenants are viewing a property.

The guide includes advice and information on tenancy deposit schemes, bill payments, and tenancy lengths, along with a checklist detailing what the landlord must provide, including gas safety certificates and deposit paperwork.

The guide also details the landlord’s obligations with regard to maintenance, and explains the legal requirements for both landlords and tenants when ending a tenancy and returning deposits.

The guide follows the recent announcement that the government will legislate to require all letting agents to publish a full tariff of their fees – a concession after a more stringent Labour amendment was defeated in the Commons.

Housing minister Kris Hopkins said: “This government is turning up the heat on the small minority of rogue landlords that are not playing by the rules and giving tenants a rough deal.

“The ‘how to rent’ guide will give tenants the knowledge they need at their fingertips and help raise the game of landlords who may not know what is expected of them.”

The coalition has broadly rejected further legislation to improve the private rented sector for tenants. Opposition politicians and pressure groups have long campaigned for new regulation on rent increases and tenancy lengths in order to combat some of the key problems issues cited by tenants.