Review of Property Conditions in the Private Rented Sector including the control of Legionella Bacteria in Water Systems

This consultation response highlights the effectiveness of Selective Licensing when compared to blanket Mandatory Landlord Registration.  The CLA response rejects restrictions on the use of section 21 notices and outlines the subjective nature of the Housing Health and Safety Ratings System.  DCLG is made aware of the recent ECO Amendment Order which will allow for vacancy in rented properties whilst deep renovation work is being carried out and the link is made with the Council Tax (Exempt Dwellings) (England) (Amendment) Order 2012 - where vacancy for the purposes of repair work, is actively discouraged.

Finally, DCLG is made aware that guidance regarding Legionella and the need to undertake assessments, is insufficient for the domestic private rented sector.

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