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Improving the private rented sector: A guide for councils
This toolkit is one of three publications produced by Housing Quality Network (HQN) for the Local Government Association (LGA) on helping councils and their partners to improve standards in the private rented sector.
Improving the private rented sector: A toolkit for councils
One of three publications aimed at helping councils and their partners to improve standards in the private rented sector.
Improving the private rented sector
Housing Quality Network (HQN) has been commissioned by the LGA to produce a good practice guide on the role of councils in improving the quality of the private rented sector.
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Remote council meetings: Warwick District Council
Warwick District Council first broadcast a live Committee meeting on 7 May 2020. Having tested various products, we decided to use Microsoft Teams with live broadcast via YouTube.
Improving the private rented sector: Oxford City Council
Addressing the issues in the private rented sector is a well-established priority for the city council.
Improving the private rented sector: London Borough of Tower Hamlets
The private rented sector is the major tenure in the borough with over 40 per cent of households (53,000 households). It has more than doubled since 2003.
Improving the private rented sector: Hull City Council
Hull has a large private rented sector with concentrations of up to 80 per cent of the stock on some streets being in that tenure.
Improving the private rented sector: Hartlepool Borough Council
The council plan, which is at the consultation stage, includes commitments to take effective action to tackle poor housing conditions and anti-social behaviour in the private sector as well as a focus on adopting a multi-agency approach in, for instance, the Oxford Street neighbourhood.
Improving the private rented sector: Fenland District Council
Work by housing and police officers in visiting targeted properties, talking with the occupants and assessing the conditions uncovered a range of criminal activity and poor conditions, including exploitation, fraud, sham marriages and human trafficking.
Improving the private rented sector: Derby City Council
The overall focus of the council’s policy is to improve the health and well-being of tenants in the private rented stock, as well as tackling the issues of poverty and deprivation faced by communities.
Improving the private rented sector: Coventry City Council
The current housing and homelessness strategy (2019-2024) has as one its four core themes ‘improving the use of existing homes’.
Improving the private rented sector: Bristol City Council
The private rented sector has grown considerably over the last two decades and following a stock modelling survey undertaken by the Building Research Establishment, accounts for approximately 29 per cent of the stock (over 58,000 properties).
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