Driving up standards in the Private rented sector
The Mayor needs to crack down on rogue private landlords and promote good practices.
The legislation is there to crack down on rogue private landlords. Local Authorities can move in take over the management of any let property, and force landlords to do repairs at no cost to the tenant. Tenant in the property or not the landlord has to do the work. But when you look at the number of actions taken by local authorities either London’s landlords are perfect after a little prompting or The Local Authorities are not using the legislation to protect tenants. The Mayor needs to name and shame council into taking action to drive up the standards in private rented accommodation.
The Mayor needs to promote a London Landlord awards. There would be different categories for social landlords, small and large private landlords. Private and social tenants would be able to nominate their landlord for an award. The judges would be drawn from the mayor’s team supported by tenant organisations. The landlord’s would then be able to use the awards in their promotional literature.
We need to both drive up the standards in London but also allow good landlords to lead the way.