Following the report into the private rented sector it has been suggested that local councils will be given greater powers to crack down on bad landlords and speed up the eviction process as well as making it a legal requirement to include landlords contact details on tenancy agreements.
Ciaran Grace, Senior Lettings Consultant at Martin & Co Crawley said “When reports like this are published it makes daunting reading for novice and experienced landlords alike. Our role as letting agents and property managers is to keep up to date with any potential change to legislation and guide our landlords through the maze to ensure their portfolios are profitable”.
The Communities and Local Government select committee made 47 recommendations. It rejected rent controls but did recommend a standard plain language tenancy agreement to be accompanied with a fact sheet setting out landlords’ and tenants’ key rights and obligations.
The committee wants local councils to have the power to impose a penalty charge without having to take a landlord to court. This would apply where ‘minor’ housing conditions had been breached and not put right within a certain tome.
If you are a Crawley or Horsham landlord who is concerned how the potential change in legislation may affect you or you have a rental property that you would like us to manage please call and ask to speak to Ciaran or Angela on 01293 735000.