31 Mar 2022

As mentioned in the Levelling Up White paper the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has released a job advert for the role of Policy Advisor – National Landlord Register. Click here

The summary of the job states: The Leasehold and Private Rented Sector Directorate is leading on an ambitious reform programme at the heart of a thriving housing policy group in DLUHC.

The Private Rented Sector (PRS) Division leads on work to improve the experiences of landlords and tenants in the PRS, aiming to drive improvements to quality, security and fairness. This includes high profile work to protect tenants as part of the Government’s response to the pandemic and transitioning from this into a flagship reform programme, including legislation, to deliver manifesto commitments to reform the sector.

Significant reforms have already been introduced to improve the experience of tenants who rent privately. Part of the PRS team’s work is to ensure those measures bite and quality improves.

In the Queen’s Speech on 11 May 2021, the Government reaffirmed its commitment to building back fairer and having a Better Deal for Renters in England and set out the intention to:

  • Publish our consultation response on reforming tenancy law to abolish Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions and improve security for tenants in the private rented sector, as well as strengthening repossession grounds for landlords when they have valid cause.
  • Bring forward reforms to drive improvements in standards in rented accommodation, including by ensuring all tenants have a right to redress, and ensuring well targeted, effective enforcement that drives out criminal landlords, for example exploring the merits of a landlord register.
  • Publish a White Paper detailing this reform package in the autumn, with legislation to follow in due course.

The recent Levelling Up White Paper further committed to exploring the introduction of a landlord register. This SEO policy role will lead on two key workstreams as part of this work, working through penalties and enforcement, and leading on data protection elements of a register.

Applications have to be made before 11:55 pm on Monday 11th April 2022

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