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Consultation launched on a new Decent Homes Standard for the private rented sector

Tenants in Fenland are being encouraged to have their say on government plans to introduce a legally binding Decent Homes Standard (DHS) to the private rented sector for the first time.

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The government has launched a six-week consultation on the introduction and enforcement of a new DHS, which would give local councils more powers to tackle poor property conditions and prompt action from landlords who do not fulfil their responsibilities, and introduce a legal duty on landlords to ensure their property meets the Decent Homes Standard.

It is hoped that the standard will improve parity with the social rented sector, where there has been a decent homes standard in place since 2001, and will be fairer for good landlords, by making sure those who do not treat their tenants fairly and tarnish the reputation of the sector, will be more accountable.

The government first highlighted its commitment to introduce a DHS to the private rented sector in its landmark 'A fairer private rented sector' white paper, published in June this year.

Over the last three months the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities (DLUHC) has undertaken a range of stakeholder events, involving discussions on how best to apply a DHS to the private rented sector. This new consultation builds on that engagement and seeks further views from tenants, landlords, letting agents, industry bodies and other individuals and organisations operating in the private rented sector.

You can take part in the consultation online or send responses via email or post.

The consultation is open until 14th October 2022.

Fenland District Council's Private Sector Housing Team is encouraging tenants to participate in the consultation as it will shape future local housing policies and procedures affecting how the council can intervene and work with landlords to improve conditions in the private sector housing market.

Any tenants requiring further explanation can get in touch with the team at: privatesectorhousing@fenland.gov.uk


Article date: September 2022

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