Levelling Up Plan Targets Landlords of Poor Quality Homes

Private rented sector landlords are set to be subjected to a new set of regulatory standards as part of the Government’s Levelling Up plan.

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has been tasked with improving the living conditions of people stuck in poor quality housing across the country. The new standards are set to be proposed as part of the Levelling Up white paper. In addition to the new charter, there will also be a national register of private landlords, with rouge landlords struck off the register and unable to let out their properties in the private rental sector.

It is estimated that over 800,000 homes will be affected by the new legislation, with changes addressing the requirement of all properties to be “safe, warm, and in a good state of repair” according to The Times. Landlords will be forced to refit old properties in poor condition at their own cost. The English Housing Survey reports as of 2019 there were over 1.1 million properties in the private rented sector were inadequate.

As part of the Levelling Up agenda, the Government are looking to increase both living standards and opportunity for those across the country, bringing them on par with London and South East. It is estimated that whilst 17% of homes in the South East are below standard, this figure doubles to 34% on Humberside. 

Gove is also looking at the potential of pulling the private rented sector in line with the social housing sector, introducing a minimum energy efficiency rating and standards for furnishings and fittings also under consideration.

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