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Hopes in Sherwood that new tenant rights will end ‘horror stories’ for renters

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People in Nottingham have spoken out about private tenants getting more powers to challenge their landlords. Some people have agreed that “this won’t be hard to implement” but added landlords need to take tenants more seriously.

A White Paper has been published to look at law changes in the private rental sector in order to help stop perceived “injustices.” As part of the proposals, the decent homes living standard will be extended to the private sector, meaning properties must be free from serious health and safety hazards, forcing landlords to maintain the home to a good state of repair.

People living in Sherwood have shared their thoughts on the possibility of these proposals becoming law. Many people have agreed that they have either lived in or know people who have lived in “vile” conditions.

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Rachel Newbeck, 41 agrees with the new proposals. Having lived in a privately rented flat years ago, she’s sympathetic to those currently in the same situation.

The sales assistant said: “In my 20s, I rented out the most awful flat filled with mould and dirt. I was young, didn’t know my rights and I had to live there.

“I know it’s not all landlords but some are ridiculous, I have friends who ring their landlords and they don’t even answer the phone or reply to their messages so of course, I think that being able to challenge your landlord is a good idea. But what happens if they don’t listen?

“I suppose people challenge their landlords all the time.”

The Government has estimated that there’s around 4.4 million private rented tenants in England. Rachel continued and said: “This probably won’t be hard to implement but landlords need to take tenants more seriously. I get if you have a lot of tenants, the jobs are hard but you chose that job. I’m guessing this news will give some landlords the kick up the backsides they need to listen to their tenants’ concerns and deal with maintenance issues immediately.”

Caroline Brown, 32, thinks that tenants should be able to challenge landlords. Landlords should be able to question tenants.

Previously working in real estate, Caroline who lives in Sherwood continued and said: “You hear horror stories from both landlords and tenants. I think that if tenants are getting this new proposal to challenge landlords, landlords should be able to do the same, it’s only fair.

“You get bad landlords and you get bad tenants. I think that this new proposal for tenants who are at war with their landlords could possibly help them out so I’m not against it.”

One landlord who chose to remain anonymous told Nottinghamshire Live: “I’ve had my house trashed by tenants before but I’ve had good ones too. It was £10k worth of damage. It has to work both ways. I’m not a bad landlord but I can understand both sides.

“Most landlords don’t want to kick out tenants, you don’t put up rents for good tenants all you want them to do is pay, keep your house clean and tell you if there’s an issue but it has to work both ways.”

George Hall, 23 has just finished university. He agrees that tenants deserve more rights to challenge landlords.

He said: “I think landlords underestimate people sometimes and that’s not fair. Especially if you’re a student.

“A lot of people don’t know their rights. This should scare landlords because a lot of them are lazy and know they’re in the wrong when something is not fixed or they let out a property they know is in a bad condition.”

Levelling Up and Housing Secretary Michael Gove said: “For too long many private renters have been at the mercy of unscrupulous landlords who fail to repair homes and let families live in damp, unsafe and cold properties, with the threat of unfair ‘no fault’ evictions orders hanging over them. Our new deal for renters will help to end this injustice by improving the rights and conditions for millions of renters as we level up across the country and deliver on the people’s priorities.”

The details emerging from the White Paper have been praised by some organisations. Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter, said: “The Renters Reform Bill is a game changer for England’s 11 million private renters.

“Scrapping unfair evictions will level the playing field. For the first time in a long time, tenants will be able to stand up to bad behaviour instead of living in fear.

“This White Paper promises people safety and security in their home, and it makes clear that landlords need to play by the rules. Gone will be the days of families being uprooted and children forced to move school after being slapped with a Section 21 no-fault eviction for no good reason.

“As these plans move through Parliament, they’ve got to keep their teeth to drive up standards and professionalise private renting. For every renter trapped in a never-ending nightmare of moving from one shoddy rental to the next, the Renters’ Reform Bill cannot come soon enough.”

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