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No Letting Go backs property MOTs to raise standards in the PRS

Inventory services provider No Letting Go has claimed that property MOTs are the next logical step for rental sector regulation.

The proposal for MOT reports of rental properties was originally put forward by Dr Julie Rugg and David Rhodes as part of their major review of the private rented sector - ‘The Evolving Private Rented Sector: Its Contribution and Potential’ – which was released in September last year.

The MOT-style reports would highlight whether a property is fit for letting, with the system making sure that all privately rented properties would be required to meet a minimum standard.

The government has already confirmed that health and safety regulations in the private rented sector will be reviewed in 2019, while David Cox – chief executive of trade body ARLA Propertymark – has already called for MOT reports to be introduced as part of this review in order to make the sector’s health and safety regulations less ‘complicated’ and more ‘practical’.

According to No Letting Go, the concept of MOT-style reports also fits fully with the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill, the bill tabled by Labour MP Karen Buck which became law in December 2018.

The new regulations – which amend the Landlord and Tenant Act 1984 – will come into force on 20 March 2019 and will require homes to be fit for human habitation before letting, with the goal of reducing problems such as damp, mould and unsafe living conditions.

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