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The Communities and Local Government select committee has announced that it will hold an inquiry to examine several key issues within the private rented sector. These will include whether councils have enough powers to deal with rogue landlords, whether councils should do more to provide affordable private rented accommodation and how effective the much criticised selective licensing schemes have been in dealing with bad practices.

The scope of the inquiry will mirror several points made by Sjaid Javid at last week’s Tory party conference. At the conference the DCLG minister said that proposals to compel all landlords to join a national redress scheme would be brought forward to enable tenants to complain about poorly managed properties and landlords.


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