Published: 31st Jan 2019

The private rental market is failing tenants and must be reformed, a new report has argued. The report, published by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), argues that the government should do more to improve and regulate private rental for tenants as the private rental sector has grown substantially in recent years. Among the suggestions the report makes include the reform of Universal Credit, the introduction of a ‘national landlord register’, and increasing the control tenants have over their homes. ‘Tenants face unaffordability, poor conditions, a lack of tenure security and limited control over the place they call home,’ the report says. ‘Meanwhile, cuts to benefits and welfare reform, a slow court system and a lack of strategic policy mean that the structural foundations which are essential for a thriving sector are being eroded.’ The private rental sector now accounts for 4.7 million households, making up 20% of homes … (To read the full article, subscribe below)