Debate on quality of rented homes
A PUBLIC meeting is to be held to debate the quality of rented homes in Cornwall – and what can be done to improve standards.
Cornwall Council, in partnership with Glow Cornwall, the Cornwall Residential Landlords' Association and the National Landlords' Association, is organising an event at Heartlands in Pool on October 25.
They are inviting landlords, property owners, letting agents and tenants to come along and join the debate.
The meeting will centre around whether the local authority needs more powers to force owners to bring properties up to scratch or whether a lighter approach is required.
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Cornwall has a higher percentage of non-decent private rented homes than the national average with more than 50 per cent not meeting the Government's 'Decent Homes Standard'.
The sector has grown by 10,000 dwellings in the past 10 years, which accounts for almost 20 per cent (34,000 homes) of all housing provision in Cornwall, outstripping the supply of social rented homes for the first time.
Delegates at the conference will hear from representatives from the London Borough of Newham who will be advocating a licensing approach which will force landlords to apply for a licence and comply with licensing conditions. South West Landlords' Association and the London Landlord Accreditation Scheme providers will be advocating accreditation, a voluntary scheme which aims to support good landlords and property agents through education and support.
Cornwall Council Cabinet member for communities and housing, Geoff Brown, said: "I'm sure it will be an interesting and lively debate around the quality of private rented accommodation and how we can best make sure that homes are of a decent standard.
"Cornwall Council is committed to raising standards across the private rented sector wherever necessary and I urge those involved in the rented sector to attend this conference and to help influence how Cornwall Council can achieve that aim."