Friday, 04 September 2015

National body to support private tenants

A national organisation has been set up to support tenants in the private rented sector.

The National Private Tenants Organisation has been formed by regional private tenant bodies in Blackpool, Brent, Camden and Scarborough.

The organisation is open to private tenant groups and individual residents who cannot join a local group and is calling for more proactive inspections and the prosecution of repeat offenders to ensure the sector gets the same quality homes as social tenants.

Kevin Allen, chair, said: ‘This is a critical time for private tenants to have a national voice. With homeownership out of reach for many people and the lack of social housing, private renting is becoming the only option for many.

‘We have real concerns about rogue landlords and sub-standard homes. According to Shelter local councils know more than 1,475 landlords who repeatedly give them cause for concern and complaints against landlords have risen by 22 per cent in the last two years.

‘Changes to housing benefit, legal aid and changes to social housing tenancies are set to make this situation worse.’

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