Is your landlord legit? Support a national register

Right now, nobody knows who owns the 4.5 million private rented homes in England. It means thousands of us are living in homes that might not have had the right safety checks.

The number of us living in private rented homes has grown fast. You don't have to pass a test to become a landlord - all you need is a spare property. Most landlords are small scale operators - 83% have four or fewer properties - and most of those are not part of professional industry bodies or accreditation schemes that can give them support to rent safely.

That's why we're calling for a national landlord register. It would mean landlords would have to meet certain standards before renting out homes. And renters could check up on their landlord before signing a contract and have somewhere to turn if they're mistreated.

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We, the undersigned, call on the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to help local authorities identify and prosecute criminal landlords, protect tenants from exploitation and improve the reputation of professional and law-abiding landlords by introducing a national register of landlords.  

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