Before new London mayor Sadiq Khan has had his first working day in office, his proposals for a private rental sector licensing scheme has come under fire from a trade body.
The National Landlords Association says it welcomes the new mayor but says he should use a fraction of his £17 billion budget to help support London's private rental sector.
â€œInstead of wasting millions of pounds on a bureaucratic London wide licensing scheme, which criminals will not sign up to, the mayor should use the budget at his disposal to fund enforcement across the capital. This would demonstrate that Mr Khan is genuinely committed to action and partnership rather [than] unwelcome and unhelpful adversarial politicsâ€ says NLA chief executive Richard Lambert.
The association says with one in four households in the capital in the private rental sector, the city needs the lettings industry.
â€œDespite this we have seen little from this election campaign that demonstrates anything but disdain for private landlords and the homes they provide. We call upon Mr Khan to work with the NLA to achieve a targeted crackdown on criminal landlords.â€ says Lambert.
London boroughs already have the power to enforce standards and prosecute landlords but they often don't have the money, says the association.
â€œCriminals will not sign up to costs licensing schemes, the Mayor's priority must be funding targeted enforcement programmes resulting in tangible benefits for local communities.â€
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