Despite having no formal powers, I am doing all I can to support London boroughs to regulate the PRS.
My PRS Partnership brings boroughs together to share intelligence and best practice, and to develop initiatives to improve standards and conditions for renters. Projects delivered via the Partnership include The Rogue Landlord and Agent Checker, used by councils to share information in their enforcement efforts; The Report a Rogue Tool, which alerts councils to properties reported by the public as being in poor condition or owned by criminal landlords; and The Property Licence Checker, which enables renters to check whether a property should be licenced. Property licencing is an important tool that boroughs can use to enforce decent standards in the PRS. Tenants whose landlord has not obtained the correct license may be able to reclaim up to 12 months’ worth of rent.
My Better Renting programme is delivering a suite of training and upskilling opportunities to borough officers, including the delivery of a bespoke new PRS qualification.
I am also working in partnership with Safer Renting to train Metropolitan Police Officers on how to deal with illegal evictions.