New powers to protect local renters are set to come into force in Kingston after being nodded through at a meeting of Kingston’s Culture, Housing, Environment & Planning Committee on Wednesday 18th November. The new regulations and enforcement powers emanate from the Conservative Government’s response to tackling rogue landlords and improving the private rented sector.
Cllr Nicola Sheppard, the Conservative spokesman for Housing, said: “I’m glad that Kingston Council has taken on board the new legislation and powers provided by the Conservative government. The new legislation should help reduce the costs that tenants can face at the outset, renewal and termination of a tenancy and help improve standards in the local private lettings market.
“The legislation gives the Council the power to issue penalty charges to rogue landlords and letting agents who fail to comply. People who rent have been forgotten for too long, and it’s great to see the Conservative government giving them the protection and support they deserve.”