Mark Patchett - Landlords and Tenants

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Mark Patchett - Landlords and Tenants

  1. 1. Challenges with and for Private Landlords and Tenants Mark Patchett
  2. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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

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