Renting reformPosted: May 23, 2013 | Author: julesbirch | Filed under: Civil service, Legal, Private renting, Social housing, Wales |Leave a comment
Wales is set to go where England failed to tread on tenancy reform under plans put forward this week.
The Renting Homes white paper published by the Welsh Government is an updated version of the Law Commission proposals that the previous government in England seemed to like at first, then dithered over and finally allowed to lapse at the last election.
So now Wales is set to reap the benefits of two simple and clearly understood forms of tenancy while England continues to cope with a mess of different ones. These are more than just technical, legal changes. The white paper argues that: ‘The current differences between renting a home from a local authority, housing association or private landlord contribute to weaknesses in the way the whole housing system works. Renting a home is not always seen as a good choice. Indeed, it is sometimes considered to be the last option.’
Read the rest of this post on Inside Edge, my blog for Inside Housing