Another local authority is aiming to set up its own ‘social’ lettings agency.
The proposal is one of five put forward by Hammersmith & Fulham council in London, and out for a 12-week public consultation.
The five proposals are:
A private landlords’ rental charter: “landlords can commit to our standards on housing conditions, charges protecting tenants deposits and security of tenancy, giving potential renters confidence;”
New minimum standards for homes in multiple occupation: “to ensure homes are safe and not overcrowded;”
A new social lettings agency: “to help residents on modest incomes find homes and help landlords find suitable tenants;”
Additional licensing: “any house in multiple occupation would need to apply for a licence so we can ensure it is properly managed and not overcrowded;”
Selective licensing: “properties in parts of the borough with high levels of anti-social behaviour will have to apply for a licence so we know they meet property and tenancy standards.”
More than a third of homes in Hammersmith & Fulham are now rented from private landlords by over 27,500 tenants.
Letting Agent Today has carried several stories about a Haringey council-run letting agency and the low number of properties it appears to have ever carried, despite huge set-up costs.
As of yesterday evening, it appeared to be carrying only three properties currently.