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Private rented sector

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 20th March 2020.

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Photo of Unmesh Desai Unmesh Desai Labour

Could you summarise what the focus of the London Borough Private Rented Sector Partnership has been since its establishment and how it has improved the Private Rented Sector for Londoners?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

My Private Rented Sector (PRS) Partnership brings together PRS leads from the 33 London boroughs to share intelligence and best practice, and develop initiatives to improve standards and conditions for private renters. It has been instrumental to the delivery and continued success of my Rogue Landlord and Agent Checker, which empowers renters to check and report their landlord or letting agent, and supports borough enforcement.

The Partnership provides a forum to promote priorities that help improve conditions for renters, such as property licensing, use of civil penalties, and fire safety, as well as encouraging partnership working with bodies such as Trading Standards, the Met Police and the London Fire Brigade. The Partnership is currently supporting the development of my Better Renting programme, which will create additional capacity in London boroughs to tackle poor property standards and includes a strong focus on improving support and advice to tenants experiencing difficulties.