There are many ways we need to improve private renting:
- A landlord register and letting agent licensing is needed to guarantee standards in the sector and drive out those who fail their tenants.
- New minimum standards of decency are needed to ensure that wherever someone privately rents, they won’t be subjected to hazards and disrepair.
- We also need to change the culture of the industry, making longer-term lets the norm to ensure security for private tenants.
- Finally, spiralling housing costs cannot continue. As the largest expense for most tenants, we need to bring in a system to provide permanently affordable private renting.