On 2 September the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities (DLUHC) Published its consultation on A Decent Homes Standard in the private rented sector. The consultation opened today and runs until 14 October 2022. Its purpose is to seek views on the introduction and enforcement of a in the private rented sector in England and it follows the publication in June of the White Paper A fairer private rented sector which set out the Government’s commitment to introduce a legally binding Decent Homes Standard to the private rented sector for the first time.
Andy Jones, Group Director for Corporate & at Leaders Romans Group commented, “This consultation is a continuation of the Government’s plans to ‘professionalise’ the and improve parity with the social rented sector, where there has been a decent homes standard in place since 2001. We fully support the initiative to raise standards, especially in the small minority of cases where standards are inadequate.
“But it is very important that in introducing major reforms, the Government does not penalise the vast majority of landlords who are already operating honestly and responsively, in what can be a very difficult market - especially in view of rising interest rates, increased regulations and concerns about a potential recession.
“The private rented sector has potential for continued further significant growth - for the increasing number of Build to Rent (BTR) operators and developers; for the owners of office buildings and shops who are increasingly looking to redevelop these into residential focused corporate portfolios , and for additional opportunities for existing corporate and individual landlords to grow to meet current demand in the market. At a time when many people are choosing to rent for a multitude of reasons, it would be detrimental to families up and down the country if regulations were increased unnecessarily.
“We encourage all and , along with tenants, to take part in this important consultation.”