Landlords to be subject to Right to Manage

by Sarah Ashcroft

Landlords may need to seek property advice as it has emerged that a new government scheme will give council tenants more control over their homes.

Known as the Right to Manage, the initiative aims to create a better environment to live in by making neighbourhoods safer.

Housing minister Grant Shapps noted that landlords would therefore have a reduced responsibility for their properties, while red tape will also be cut for tenants seeking to make improvements.

He continued: "I want to see more tenants able to act and take control for themselves. But for years these tenants have felt powerless to act. From today, that can all change."

Mr Shapps also identified that just two per cent of council properties are currently managed by tenants.

Pressure was recently put on landlords to improve the energy efficiency of their properties sooner rather than later by the Association of Residential Letting Agents.

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Published on: February 11, 2011

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