Calls for government to regulate standards of privately let homes
The standards of privately let homes should be regulated by the government, according to a former treasury minister.
Kitty Ussher, who was the MP for Burnley between 2005 and 2010, has called for all private rental properties in Britain to be refurbished to standards set by social housing regulators.
In a recent essay published by The Fabian Society, the Labourite also claimed that landlords who are unable to renovate their homes should designate their rental property management to a third party.
According to insidehousing.co.uk, she said: "All landlords should be licensed and required to raise the quality homes to the decent home standard required by The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG)."
These suggestions are likely to be by rubbished by current housing minister Grant Shapps, who has always maintained that government interference in the private rental sector could prevent further investment and push up the cost of rent.
Regulation of the sector could also prove to be an unnecessary expense for local authorities who are already struggling to cope with budget cuts.
Tenants living in poor quality private homes are currently protected by the Housing Health and Safety Ratings System (HHSRS). According to guardian.co.uk, just 23 per cent of the homes which fail the standard are private lettings.