The proposals in the Government’s response to the widely welcomed Rugg Review of the private rented sector are at a high level and still subject to consultation. Powers already exist under part 4 of the Housing Act 2004 for local authorities to make management orders which enable them to take over the management of certain privately rented properties where they consider that the private landlords of those properties are failing in their management duty. If our proposals for a national register for landlords and linked systems of complaint and redress were to be implemented, one option by which enforcement could be carried out would be to make use of the current powers.
Estimates of the number of social sector properties with a single occupant with two, three and four or more bedrooms are provided in the following table. These estimates are based on data from the Survey of English Housing.
Reliable separate estimates for housing association and local authority tenants are not available from the survey.
Thousands of households Number of bedrooms Tenure 1 2 3 4 or more All All social renters 962 443 231 15 1,651 Source: Communities and Local Government, Survey of English Housing
Thousands of households
Number of bedrooms
4 or more
All social renters
Communities and Local Government, Survey of English Housing