Bad landlords should be banned

Bad landlords should be subject to nationwide banning orders, according to a group of MPs.

The all-party parliamentary group for the private rented sector also said that the government should investigate the possibility of a national landlord register, along with more training for landlords.

The group also called for a single guide providing information for tenants looking for property. The government recently published its ‘how to rent guide’, which includes information on deposit schemes, bill payments, and tenancy lengths.

According to the group the government should conduct a wholesale review into the regulatory system under which the private rented sector operates in order to ensure that it is fair.

Oliver Colville, chairman of the all-parliamentary group, said: “Given the growing importance of the private rented sector it is important that consideration is given to how it should be run to provide sufficient protection to tenants and support and encourage the majority of good landlords while rooting out those who reap misery for tenants.

“Today’s report provides a number of ideas to ensure that the sector is fit for the 21st Century and the group hopes and looks forward to all political parties giving serious consideration to this detailed work.”

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) welcomed the report, but called on the government to use existing legislation to regulate landlords, rather than introducing a new register.

RLA chairman Alan Ward said: “The all-party parliamentary group has successfully produced a detailed report that resists headline grabbing hysteria.

“The RLA has long called for a review of existing regulations, and we therefore welcome the calls for greater enforcement of existing legislation before reaching for yet more red tape that stifles much needed growth in the sector.

“While there are aspects of the report we do not fully agree with, we welcome the report’s recognition that the sector is coming up with pragmatic solutions to the challenges highlighted.”

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