Private tenants will be given greater rights under new plans to crack down on rogue landlords, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has said.
On the first day of Conservatives' annual conference, Mr Javid has unveiled new measures to force all landlords to join an ombudsman redress scheme, which would give renters more power to challenge rip-off fees and poor treatment.
The Government will also bring in new laws requiring all letting agents to be registered, ending current rules that allow people to operate in the role without qualifications or professional oversight.
New incentives will be unveiled in the upcoming Budget to ensure landlords offer tenancies of at least 12 months, to provide greater security for tenants, Mr Javid said.
NB - addition made Monday Oct 2nd.
Notice that we have had more detials form this and the Secretary of State is also proposing:-
That’s why, at the Autumn Budget, we will bring forward new incentives for landlords who are doing the right thing. We welcome this (depending on what the details are) as we get fed up with landlords just being bashed all the time.