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The case for a landlord licence

Everyone deserves a decent and secure home. A landlord licencing scheme will reduce poor housing—and offer vital protections for tenants

By Damien Egan  

Housing developments behind a leisure centre on Lewisham. Photo: Flickr/Matt Brown, used under Creative Commons 2.0

Leaking roofs, damp walls and dodgy electrics—it’s a familiar story for thousands who rent privately and can often feel like an endless cycle. Poorly-maintained housing matched by poor landlords is a toxic combination for renters, who not only have limited rights but often are faced with no other option than to stick it out for fear of eviction. The private rented sector is becoming increasingly precarious with many people teetering on the edge…

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