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Rented Housing: Antisocial Behaviour

Volume 477: debated on Monday 16 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to provide more powers for police and local authorities in relation to private landlords whose tenants engage in persistent antisocial behaviour. (211340)

The Housing Act 2004 introduced a range of powers—both mandatory and discretionary—to enable local housing authorities to both require and incentivise private sector landlords to improve the management of their stock, including tackling antisocial behaviour by tenants.

In line with the commitment given to Parliament, we have commissioned a review of how these powers are working from the Buildings Research Establishment (BRE). The review will follow up on work carried out by BRE to map the position when the legislation was introduced.

The independent review of the private rented sector led by Julie Rugg and David Rhodes at the university of York is also considering issues around the management of private rented stock.