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  • 1. Challenges with and for Private Landlords and Tenants Mark Patchett
  • 2. • Circa one third of properties at each of the four (ex)MOD sites are owned by private landlords and rented to tenants In Newtoft these are pepper-potted across the community, and in other sites are largely in blocks • Tenure is not necessarily a problem but a large concentration of private rented can be The Problem
  • 3. Privately rented housing: Frequently - poor quality and sub-standard housing - low levels of insulation and inefficient heating - poorly maintained, both internally and external (incl. gardens and environment) - absentee landlords, so difficult to contact Impact is felt by both tenants and neighbouring areas, especially where rent levels are low(er) or there are voids Key Issues – Private Landlords
  • 4. Tenants in private rented sector may - be vulnerable and/or have complex (family) needs - inappropriately opt for property or are placed - have previous history of anti-social behaviour and/or been evicted from previous tenancies - find it difficult to access appropriate services and support Key Issues - Tenants
  • 5. There is a strong correlation between badly managed, poor quality rental properties and anti-social behaviour. Ideally requires measures aimed at both supporting and/or controlling landlords and tenants
  • 6. • Many authorities run voluntary accreditation schemes with aim to achieve a decent standard of letting which meets or exceeds all legal requirements • Accreditation means achieving standards in a number of areas incl. - tenancy Agreement (setting out landlord and tenant responsibilities) - certification, decoration, cleanliness, maintenance Example: Landlord Accreditation
  • 7. • The Housing Act 2004 requires local authorities to licence privately rented dwellings in three categories: - Mandatory licensing of houses in multiple occupation (HMO) with three or more storeys, five or more people and two or more households - Additional licensing of HMOs excluded from the above - Selective licensing of other private dwellings where the local authority considers it will benefit tenants and communities, in areas of low demand and/or areas with problems of anti-social behaviour Example: Compulsory Licensing
  • 8. • Support and training for responsible landlords • Prosecution of irresponsible landlords • Reduce anti-social behaviour • Halt area decline • Better housing standards for private tenants • Benefit to wider community and business • Long term economic benefits Benefits of Licensing
  • 9. Recommended : Focus on Solutions •Tenant Engagement •Tenancy Support Officers help prevent tenancy breakdown •“Tenant Referencing” scheme •Enforcement Action •Anti-Social Behaviour Orders •Litter Abatement Notices •Penalty Charge Notices under the Noise Act 1996 •Work with the Community •Challenge perceptions •Publicise enforcement action Recent Area Based Pilot
  • 10. Community Development practices: -Distribution of welcome pack -Welcome visit to engage and identify support needs -Broker practical advice and support as appropriate -Encourage full participation in community life and culture Example: Community Engagement