Government consulting over case for housing court

Confirmation of consultation comes after new PRS minister meets with RLA.

Private housing rents 'continuing to fall' - RICS

Government is consulting with the judiciary over the case for a dedicated housing court.

The RLA pressed the case during a meeting with new minister for the private rented sector, Heather Wheeler MP.

Landlords called for a court to give ‘greater confidence’ over the resolution of disputes.

At the meeting, RLA urged government to start ‘thinking strategically’ in its approach to the private rented sector, stressing the importance of joined up working across Whitehall given the changes being introduced from a number of government departments.

RLA policy director, David Smith, said a housing court was “crucial” for landlords who might be prepared to offer longer tenancies to those who want them, but who are fearful of being locked into a tenancy and unable to swiftly regain possession of their property if tenants are failing to pay their rent or are committing anti-social behaviour.

“We welcome the minister’s early engagement with the sector and her positive attitude towards supporting the majority of landlords who provide good housing and abide by all their responsibilities.

“It provides a good starting point as the RLA works with the government to ensure the rental sector is fit for its changing role and works for tenants and landlords,” he said.

A spokesperson for the MHCLG confirmed government was consulting with the judiciary on the case for a housing court.

Meantime banning orders were due to be introduced in April to make it easier for councils to act against rogue landlords and agents – requiring all letting agents to meet minimum standards.

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