LGA responds to Decent Homes Standard consultation

“It will be vital that councils are sufficiently resourced, through new burdens funding, to support the implementation of the standard, and that it is introduced in a way which minimises disruption to the overall supply of stock in the private rented sector market."


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Responding to the announcement of a consultation on the introduction of a Decent Homes Standard for the private rented sector, Cllr David Renard, housing spokesperson for the Local Government Association, said:

“We are pleased that the Government is making progress on their commitment to extending a legally binding Decent Homes Standard to improve conditions in the private rented sector.

“It will be vital that councils are sufficiently resourced, through new burdens funding, to support the implementation of the standard, and that it is introduced in a way which minimises disruption to the overall supply of stock in the private rented sector market.

“To go even further towards tackling insecure and unfit housing, we would like to see inappropriate Local Housing Allowance rates addressed, and councils to have stronger selective licensing powers by removing the requirement for Secretary of State approval for larger schemes.”