I will continue to support London boroughs through my PRS Partnership. It is instrumental in enabling councils to share information, best practice and to work together in tackling criminality and enforcing standards in the sector. I will also continue to support boroughs to develop their skills and capacity by delivering training on enforcement and regulating the PRS.
In my response to the government’s Levelling Up White paper I will campaign for licensing powers to be devolved to City Hall to enable greater support for council-led enforcement work. I believe greater consistency and transparency would be achieved if City Hall considered and approved new licensing schemes, supporting councils to better enforce standards and respond to complaints.
The commitments in the Queen’s speech on enforcement include a national landlord register, and a new Decent Homes Standard. I will support councils by lobbying government to ensure these work in partnership with existing powers, and that councils are properly resourced to use of them.