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Bid to get all landlords to sign up to rating system

Bid to get all landlords to sign up to rating system

Thursday 23 December 2021

Bid to get all landlords to sign up to rating system

Thursday 23 December 2021


A Senator has put forward a plan to get all landlords to sign up to a rating system measuring the standard of their accommodation.

Senator Kristina Moore wants it to be made mandatory for landlords to sign up to the ‘Rent Safe’ scheme.

The scheme, which is currently voluntary and with 2,115 units of accommodation registered, gives a tenants a list of landlords that have reached 'accredited status' under its standards, and an overview of properties which have reached 3, 4 or 5 stars.

Landlords who have a 0, 1, or 2 star rating do not currently appear on the Rent Safe register.

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Pictured: Senator Kristina Moore said her proposal was about "taking a small, easy step forward in order to maintain acceptable standards in rental accommodation."

The minimum accommodation standards are outlined as including:

  • A good state of repair
  • 
Free of damp

  • All rooms with natural and electric lighting to carry out duties
  • Adequate space for occupants to move safely
  • Whole house heating system with adequate temperature
  • Adequate ventilation
  • Electric installations maintained safely
  • Working fire detection and alarm system
  • Secure windows, doors and access points
  • Adequate insulation
  • Free from tripping and falling hazards

If it gets approved from States Members in a vote next year, Senator Moore's proposition would also see a process created to renew Rent Safe registration, which would determine how often an inspection takes place and what it would entail.

She suggests a risk-based approach for timings, suggesting that a property rated '5' could be re-inspected after five years, while properties with lower ratings receive more regular inspections.

It follows a number of attempts to bring in stricter regulation rules for landlords, with the last crack at a landlord licensing scheme being kicked out at the time by the States Assembly by 20 votes in favour and 24 against, with four abstentions.

At the time, the Jersey Landlords Association said the scheme would simply mean more expense and "red tape" for landlords during already challenging economic circumstances, and heralded the rejection of the proposals as neither a "victory for landlords or defeat for tenants, but rather the triumph of common sense."

Former Housing Minister, Senator Sam Mézec, meanwhile, expressed his frustration at the result, stating: "I've just done the maths.

"If States Members who had declared a financial interest in the outcome of the landlord licensing debate had been required to withdraw and not take part in the debate, then the result would have been in favour.

"Vested interests win the day."

Senator Moore said in a report accompanying her proposal: "This proposition is about taking a small, easy step forward in order to maintain acceptable standards in rental accommodation.

"There is no new system – this would not require any action for all landlords.

"But it is, nevertheless, a step forward in ensuring islanders have safe and appropriate accommodation."

The idea is currently scheduled for debate in the States Chamber on 18 January.

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Posted by Dave Mathews on
Vested interest in rentals by States Members is the problem here.
The elections next June cannot come soon enough.
Posted by Jon Jon on
Not again, whats so annoying with these states members now is they keep going until they get the decision they want! There will be a cost to this to landlords that simply will be passed on to tenants ,therefore higher rents .The majority of properties have no issues.This another election ploy for votes next year,and a reason why I just won't bother voting!
Posted by Scott Mills on
rather have a rating for our top politicians.....on topics of the public's choice.
Posted by anthony turmel on
missed out soundproofing..I live in a ground floor flat built in the 1950s...I can hear phone conversation from the upstairs flat and various OTHER noises...if I listen hard enough I could probably hear the cat breaking wind.....!
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