"Tenants in the private rented sector are all too often left at the mercy of a system that it is weighted against them." Cllr Imogen Thomas, Council Champion for the Private Rented Sector
Today (April 27th) Oxford Labour announces the go-head for a new Oxford City Council run scheme to improve conditions in the private rented sector, and keep tenants safe.
The licensing scheme, which will cover all privately rented homes in the city, was a key manifesto Labour commitment in 2021 and has been delivered ahead of the expected schedule.
Around half of Oxford’s homes are privately rented. While many landlords and agents do a good job, too many tenants across the city find themselves living in poor conditions or even in homes that are dangerous.
Twelve years ago, Labour introduced a licensing scheme for HMOs in the city. The result has been improved conditions in these shared homes, and greater security for tenants and good landlords alike. Now Labour will expand the system to cover all privately rented homes in Oxford. It will benefit many families and couples not covered by the HMO scheme.
The scheme will be one of a small number in England and come into effect from September 1 this year.
Cllr. Imogen Thomas, Labour’s Champion for the Private Rented Sector, says: “A licensing system for the entire private rented housing sector in Oxford was a key part of Labour’s four-year manifesto at the 2021 elections – and we are delighted to say that it will be delivered ahead of schedule.”
“From 1st September 2022 all privately rented homes in Oxford will need to be licensed. That means that conditions will be improved, tenants will be safer, and law-abiding landlords need not fear being undercut by the cowboys.”
“Tenants in the private rented sector are all too often left at the mercy of a system that it is weighted against them. Delivering on our manifesto promise will help to redress that power imbalance, and show that under Labour, the City Council is on their side when they need it.”