NRLA backs committee’s “postcode lottery” criticism

The National Residential Landlords Association has backed the Public Accounts Committee’s call for landlord enforcement to be made more equal across the UK.

The committee, which is comprised of 16 MPs, said most local authorities do not have the capacity to protect tenants and ensure landlords comply with regulations, which has created a “postcode lottery” of housing standards for tenants.

The group criticised landlord licensing schemes, implying they cover too small of an area to have a profound effect.

Ben Beadle, chief executive of the NRLA, responded: “Today’s report rightly makes the case for a comprehensive, data driven strategy for the private rented sector. Too often reforms have been piecemeal, based on insufficient information to understand their true impact or how workable they are. Such a strategy needs to include assessing the impact of reforms on the supply of homes for rent at a time when demand for them is soaring.

“We agree with the Committee’s concerns about the postcode lottery that exists in tackling rogue and criminal landlords. Tenants and responsible landlords are being let down by the pitiful lack of enforcement action by councils using the array of powers available to clamp down on bad practice in the sector. Our research shows however that landlord licencing schemes are not a panacea to improving this.

“As ministers prepare to publish plans for further reform, they should heed the Committee’s call for them to better understand the enforcement needs and capacity of local authorities.”

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