Regulation of the Private Rented Sector (5)

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

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Photo of Sem Moema Sem Moema Labour

Do you believe the Government should legislate for a “Right to Repair” which would give tenants more ability to stand up to exploitative landlords?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

I believe all tenants have the right to live in safe, secure properties and have repairs carried out as quickly as possible. I provide support to local authorities working to tackle rogue landlords in the PRS through my PRS Partnership and Better Renting programme, which aim to improve local authority skills and capacity to enforce standards.

At present it is unclear how a ‘right to repair’ similar to that which currently applies for some social tenants could work in the private rented sector due to the current lack of an effective redress mechanism for tenants. However, the new PRS Ombudsman announced in the Queen’s speech is intended to improve access to redress for private renters. I look forward to further detail in the forthcoming private rented sector white paper.