Manchester leads the fight against rogue landlords

Could Manchester be leading the way in the fight against rogue landlords? Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham certainly thinks so.

In a speech earlier this week, addressing delegates at the RLA’s ‘Future Renting north’ conference, Mr Burnham outlined his plans for a ‘spring clean’ of the rental market in the city.

He pledged that he would drive landlords who were unwilling to bring their properties up to scratch from the city, stating that they have ‘no place in Greater Manchester.’

The upcoming ‘Good Landlords Scheme’, which is set to be fully revealed in June and implemented within 18 months, outlines a set of principles for landlords to aide by, in order to show that they are fully committed to providing a level of accommodation that meets a reasonable standard, as well as a good service to tenants. Mr Burnham believes that these principles have the capacity to ‘transform renting in the region.’

There was also talk of an amnesty, designed to buy out landlords who were not willing or able to provide the adequate care and attention required to meet the new principles. He hinted that the offer made the to ‘bad landlords’ who wanted to exit the market would be below market value but stated that an exit would be facilitated if it is what people wanted.

Safe, decent housing should be a human right as healthcare and education are. The fact that you are at the conference today shows that you want to be reputable and do things properly. Truth of the matter is this doesn’t apply to the whole of the private rented sector. We need to isolate those that are giving the sector a bad name. We will work with you to establish what’s reasonable, what’s fair and what landlords should be expected to provide.

Andy Burnham, Greater Manchester Mayor

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