Building a Fair Private Rental Sector

Building a Fair Private Rental Sector

Labour will:

Review the council’s policies towards the regulation of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs), with a view to recognising the crucial role HMOs provide in allowing people to afford to live in the city and balancing this with the need to improve the quality and safety of HMOs.

• Implement the policies in respect to HMOs once the new local plan is adopted, which includes the power to refuse any planning application for new HMOs unless they have in place a proper management plan to monitor and minimise anti-social behaviour and the impact on local residents.

• Enhance the Landlord Accreditation scheme, with targets set for each property’s safety and minimum standards put in place, ensuring tenants can live in safe and high quality accommodation.

• Investigate the possibility of forming a social lettings agency, to serve the intermediate market (those struggling with rents but not at risk of homelessness) with the intention of increasing and improving the choice of private rented accommodation in the city for those in housing need. We will also support existing and new tenants in tackling the small minority of rogue landlords involved in problems such as unjust registration fees and unfair deposit arrangements.

There review above does not include any predetermination that properties with three or more residents will have to be licensed.

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commented 2014-04-22 13:55:04 +0100
I’ve tried to make sense of this manifesto section at:

http://www.rtaylor.co.uk/6820

A key question for me is if Cambridge Labour are still considering requiring licensing of homes shared by just three people. While such a proposal is not explicitly present in the current manifesto it is not ruled out.

The promise of a review is very vague and leaves open all possibilities. I don’t see much point in publishing a manifesto if, on important points, it just promises a review of a policy. This manifesto section reads like a horoscope designed for different people to be able to read different things into.

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