Richard Blanco and his guests take a look at the issues facing the private rented sector and the topics featured in the media recently.
Joining Richard on the panel is Chris Norris, Director of Policy and Practice at the NLA, and Marlon Fox from Outlook Property.
GDPR: what does it mean for landlords?
GDPR comes into effect on 25 May. Landlords and letting agents hold a lot of personal information about their tenants. Do landlords know what their obligations are and the reasons they can hold this information?
And what about landlords who use an agent? Who’s responsible for the data in these cases?
Select Committee suggestions
The Communities and Local Government Select Committee recently released a report into the private rented sector. While it said the majority of tenants are happy in their homes, it did point out that the bottom end of the sector is in poor condition. Their suggestion for the ultimate sanction is to give local authorities the ability to confiscate property from the very worst landlords. Do they need more powers or should they just budget for better enforcement? And are there other things they could do to work with landlords to improve the sector?
Letting Agents and regulations
We’ve seen a lot of changes for agents over the last few years and more regulations are on the way. How are agents feeling about it?
As it stands, anyone can become a letting agent without needing any sort of qualification or to be a member of a trade association. How does that affect letting agents who have taken those steps? And does it affect the level of service landlords and tenants receive?
Charging sex for rent
BBC 3 recently ran a documentary on Rent for Sex, exposing so-called landlords who offer free rooms in return for sexual favours. Why aren’t the police doing anything about this? And does this really have anything to do with the PRS or landlords?
And on that topic, does the PRS need a #MeToo moment?