Plans are being put forward to give Portsmouth a private rental housing system that works better for everyone with a range of options set to be considered to improve the lives of tenants, landlords and neighbours.
Portsmouth City Council's Cabinet will be reviewing a new draft Private Rental Strategy which sets out a five-year plan to improve conditions for both renters and landlords.
The strategy aims to not only protect the estimated 30,000 Portsmouth residents living in privately rented accommodation, but also to support landlords in a variety of ways.
Proposals also include stronger action to tackle anti-social behaviour, providing better information to tenants and landlords and supporting Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) to work better for tenants, landlords and the community.
Help for tenants and landlords that want to behave fairly and appropriately could be introduced with plans to provide more information and a review of accreditation. Meanwhile the council wants to ensure that it uses all of its powers and influence to remove antisocial and criminal behaviour from the sector.
Financial support for residents could see an extension of recently approved plans to provide help paying for deposits while accredited landlords with a good track record could be given loans for work on their properties which would improve the range and standard of homes available for rent.
Additional licencing of HMOs could see a focus on reducing antisocial behaviour and it may extend to include smaller properties than are currently within the scheme.
Cllr Darren Sanders, the council's Cabinet Member for Housing, said: "Private rentals play a significant role in the city and we want to make sure the system works as well as it can for everyone involved. The research behind this strategy shows a big overlap in what renters and landlords want, with both keen to see secure tenants living in safe homes. The new strategy aims to support and protect both sides while also working to ensure tenants become part of the communities they live in and I hope my fellow cabinet members support the proposals."
The strategy will be considered at the Cabinet meeting on 10 March and should it be passed would then be consulted on to get views from a range of stakeholders including residents and landlords.