Every renter should expect certain standards from their home.
A warm, safe and secure home is what all renters deserve. However more than 1 million private rented homes are unsafe, uncomfortably cold, falling to bits or don’t have an adequate kitchen or bathroom.
The Government is considering how the Decent Homes Standard, which already applies to social housing, can be applied to privately rented homes.
Applying the Decent Homes Standard to private rented properties would stop landlords renting out a home that fell below an agreed standard. Any landlord failing to comply with the Decent Home Standard would be unable to let the home out and potentially have to refund rent to their tenant.
A Decent Homes Standard exists for social tenants. The same needs to apply to people paying much higher rents in the Private Rented Sector.
That’s why Generation Rent supports the Decent Homes Standard being a part of the Renters’ Reform Bill but we want to make sure it works properly for private renters.
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Tell us your renting stories – good and bad – so your voice is heard loud and clear by policy-makers and politicians.