Private Rented Housing: Repairs and Maintenance

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 21st September 2017.

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Photo of Lucy Allan Lucy Allan Conservative, Telford

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that private sector landlords maintain their properties to ensure the safety of their tenants.

Photo of Alok Sharma Alok Sharma Minister of State (Communities and Local Government)

The private rented sector is an important part of our housing market, housing 4.5 million households in England. The proportion of tenants in the private rented sector living in non-decent housing fell from 47 per cent in 2006 to 28 per cent in 2015. Local authorities have strong and effective powers to deal with poor quality unsafe accommodation and we expect them to use those powers. Under the Housing Act 2004, they can issue an Improvement Notice or a Hazard Awareness Notice if they find a defect in the property. In extreme circumstances, the local authority may prohibit that property from being rented or decide to make repairs themselves and claim the cost back from the landlord.

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