The Government has forced councils to water down local regulations on private landlords, arguing that licencing schemes brought in to curb rogue practices are “draconian”.

While privately rented housing is largely deregulated, some councils have set up mandatory local licencing schemes to make sure landlords comply with certain regulations in their area. Landlords in a borough can be denied a licence if they break rules around anti-social behaviour or ensuring a properly is in good state of repair. But Conservative housing minister Brandon Lewis this week announced that councils would be banned from enforcing the borough-wide schemes.

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