This is a Private Member’s Bill supported by MP Phil Wilson. It will require all private landlords in England to be registered.
In May 2009 the Government had a similar register in the pipeline however this was abandoned following the general election.
The first reading occurred on 17 January 2018. The second reading is currently scheduled for 27 April 2018. A draft text has not yet been produced.
MP Phil Wilson said that problems with private landlords have been regularly raised by his constituents and he believes this Bill is the way forward. In his constituency of Durham there are some registration schemes in place which have been successful but they are selective, administratively burdensome and voluntary.
The register will address two problems.
Following the introduction by Mr Wilson, concerns were raised that the Bill could be disproportionate and unnecessary. However, ultimately, it waits to be seen how the Bill progresses and whether any further discontent is shown.
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