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Government launches surprise consultation on property redress

The government has launched a surprise consultation on the creation of a new redress system for customers of agents and others in the property industry.

In a statement released this morning, Sunday, Housing Secretary Sajid Javid has announced that dissatisfied owners and tenants should have a clearer version of redress for their grievances.

The Department for Housing, Communities and Local Government says it is seeking opinions over the next eight weeks about its official options including:

- introducing a single housing ombudsman to cover the whole of the housing market

- builders being required to join an ombudsman scheme, following on our commitment to expand redress to tenants of private landlords

- naming and shaming poor practice to help tackle the worst abuses

Housing Secretary Sajid Javid says: “For too long, tenants and homeowners have navigated multiple complaints procedures to resolve disputes about everyday household repairs and maintenance.

“Fixing this housing crisis is about more than just building homes, it’s ensuring people have the answers available when something goes wrong.

“Today’s top-to- bottom review shows government is working hard to deliver a better and simpler system.

Javid says that unlike other areas, such as financial services that have a single and accountable ombudsman, housing has at least four different complaints bodies.

“In the private rented sector, there is currently no obligation for landlords to register with a complaints system and this can often leave thousands who do not use a property agent without any option for redress” he says.

“House builders are responsible for fixing incomplete work in new build homes but when this does not happen many consumers with snagging issues can find that they have nowhere left to turn.

“This is just one of the steps the government is taking to solve the country’s housing crisis and improve the rental sector which 8.6 million households are part of” Javid concludes.

The eight week consultation begins today with an online form being available to agents, property professionals and housing consumers until April  16.

This consultation is open to all including: tenants, landlords, homeowners, and existing ombudsman schemes.

The Ministry will provide more information on future proposals to the housing redress process following the conclusion of this consultation.

You can see the full consultation document here.

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    They need to include councils in this scheme after all they need hauling through the coals. Didn’t more than 80 people die last year in a fire in a social housing block? It’s shpuldnt only be agents and landlords and builders. It should be councils and housing associations too!

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    Agreed michaela local authorities have an appealing record with no redress they do not comply with even their own licensing criteria.

     
  • Andrew Hill

    I'm all for it but as a new letting agent, costs are starting to mount as they try to bring in new legislation that I question whether they're able to enforce.

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    They also need protection for agents! we are not all bad. We had a spate of tenants wanting their app fees back after lying about CCJs etc and then trying to claim it back from the ombudsman knowing that the bureaucracy is such a time sapping waste of time. All were found in our favor but the TPO are shockingly bad at handling complaints to justify their existence no doubt. This industry is becoming all regulation and no time to work!

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