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The Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities (DLUHC) has published a white paper (16 June) in which it sets out government thinking for the future direction of policy for the private rented sector (PRS).

Trailed as seeking anew deal for private renters’, the fairer private rented sector document looks to reforms in order to address the quality of housing in the sector and also the nature of the relationship between landlords and tenants.

In the published paper, the Government underlines that of the 4.4 million tenants in the PRS, the ‘..majority (of tenants) enjoy safe and secure rentals..’

This government acknowledgment of the experience of most tenants in the sector is something Dan Barradale, lettings professional associate, Shouler & Son, is keen to point out in his initial comment on the white paper.

He also said, “We welcome any spotlight being shone upon the important role PRS plays in housing provision in the country.

“Similarly, any measures to address operators in sector who offer sub-standard rental property or a poor quality service to tenants will also be received positively by us, as property professionals, and our residential landlord clients.”

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