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Property groups welcome Manchester Good Landlord Charter

Property groups have welcomed Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham’s new initiative to drive up housing standards in the city region.

Mr Burnham has shared the first details of his Good Landlord Charter, an aaccreditation scheme aimed at helping renters find tenants who meet certain standards. It would be the first scheme of its kind in the UK. The Manchester Evening News is reporting that the scheme is voluntary but the mayor wants to force landlords who receive housing benefits to sign up.

Mr Burnham wants all renters in Greater Manchester to have a ‘right’ to have their properties checked – and wants all tenants in private rented, council, social and temporary housing to be offered this service free of charge.

Backers, including a landlord lobby group, also want accreditation to the charter to come at no cost, though it is now yet confirmed how the scheme will be funded.

Government figures released last year showed that in 2019, more than 26% of private rented homes in Greater Manchester failed to meet the decent homes standard. A survey of tenants, has now found that three-quarters say an accreditation scheme would help.

Mr Burnham wants the scheme up and running by the summer. He said: “I hope 2024 will go down as the year that Greater Manchester got serious about housing.

“We’ve had a housing crisis for at least 10 years and probably longer. Where’s the response?

“The truth of the matter is I don’t see it. I don’t think as a country we’ve risen to this crisis.”

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