Local Authorities to take a "pragmatic approach" to regulations for rental properties

The Government has brought forward a package of measures aimed at Landlords and Tenants. This new guidance they believe will protect renters affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). According to the government, with these in force, no renter in either social or private accommodation will be forced out of their home.

The guidance goes on to state;

Landlords remain legally obligated to ensure properties meet the required standard – urgent, essential health and safety repairs should be made. An agreement for non-urgent repairs to be done later should be made between tenants and landlords. Local authorities are also encouraged to take a pragmatic, risk-based approach to enforcement.”

Stuart Fairlie, Technical & Operations Director at Elmhurst, comments: “Elmhurst are receiving regular updates from our members, which confirm that Landlords, in some instances, are applying pressure on members to produce EPCs in order to comply with rental regulations- whether marketing new rentals, or meeting the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES). We feel that at this time the guidance from Government is clear and reinforces the call for non-urgent work to be witheld. The call for Local Authorities to show pragmatism in enforcing regulations, is also clear. We support the need for people to show reasonableness and apply common sense within this current situation.”

Full guidance for Landlords and Tenants: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/government-support-available-for-landlords-and-renters-reflecting-the-current-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

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Article published: 30th March 2020

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