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Private rented housing is a vital and growing part of the housing market (almost 14 per cent of all households, or nearly three million homes in England).
The sector has been changing: Buy to Let has brought better quality property into the sector - but also many more smaller investors. The private rented sector (PRS):
This section points out a range of statutory requirements (such as licensing) and voluntary schemes (such as accreditation) that landlords and tenants should be aware of and includes links to useful information for tenants and landlords.
Key existing measures are:
Landlords can benefit from belonging to a local accreditation scheme - a set of standards (or codes) relating to the management or physical condition of privately rented accommodation. Landlords who join a scheme and abide by the standards are accredited. Although voluntary there may be many advantages to those who join.
The Letting your property pages of the Directgov website (external link) provide further information on accreditation and on landlords' rights and responsibilities.
The Business Link website also carries some information about the responsibilities of residential landlords.
Communities and Local Government also publishes booklets for landlords (and Assured Tenancy Forms) (available to order or download).
The Private renting pages of the Directgov website (external link) provide information on tenants' rights and responsibilities and the different types of private tenancy arrangements.
Communities and Local Government also publishes booklets for tenants (and Assured Tenancy Forms) (available to order or download).
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