Regulation of the Private Rented Sector (3)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 24th May 2022.

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Photo of Sem Moema Sem Moema Labour

What would you like to see from the Government’s upcoming white paper into the Private Rented Sector?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

I welcome the measures confirmed in the Queen’s Speech on ending no fault eviction, introducing a property portal which I understand will serve as a landlord register, reforming possession grounds, introducing a legally binding Decent Homes Standard and introducing a new ombudsman. These measures will minimise churn, ensure tenants can demand better standards without fear of retaliatory eviction, help landlords to better fulfil their responsibilities and give renters a clear and accessible pathway for mediation and redress.

However, this is now the third time these proposals have been announced in the Queen’s Speech, so it is imperative we see the promised white paper as soon as possible. It must set out a strong commitment to open-ended tenancies, protections for vulnerable renters, confirmation that registration with the new property portal will be compulsory and more detail about how a new Decent Homes Standard can work for the private rented sector.

I also continue to lobby the Government to give me the power to introduce rent control, most recently in a letter to Boris Johnson on 9th May.