Improvements to the London Rental Standard

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Reference: 
2014/4065
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Thank you for your answers to questions 2014/2701 and 2014/2702. A constituent has suggested the following measures to improve the London Rental Standard for housing benefit claimants. Will you explore them and write to me with any further steps you plan to take?

- ensure landlord and tenant insurance rates don't suffer any premiums on insurance policies

-  advise landlords against taking out buy-to-let mortgages from providers which prohibit letting on tenancies longer than six or twelve months, and to benefit claimants

-  accredited landlords and letting agents should signpost people to free, independent financial advice as a matter of course, and again if the tenants face any financial difficulties and get into arrears

-  require landlords to have three months' rent in savings to cope with any problems that arise

- some guidance for landlords on how to handle evictions, including with the use of bailiffs, so tenants are given proper notice and treated with due care.

Answer

Answer for Improvements to the London Rental Standard

Answer for Improvements to the London Rental Standard

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Some of the suggestions your constituent has suggested are already part of the London Rental Standard training – such as following correct procedures for evictions. My Deputy Mayor for Housing and Land, Richard Blakeway, will write to you with additional comments on the other suggestions.