Social landlords need regulatory – legal – insistences because they are not subject to competitive pressures. As people deliberately offering below market rate product they’ll not be, will they?
Campaigners have called for private housing landlords to be held to new standards set out after the death of Awaab Ishak, as research indicated that 1.6 million children live in privately rented homes with damp, mould or excessive cold.
The government this month announced a new “Awaab’s law” that will set deadlines for social landlords in England and Wales to tackle reported hazards. Two-year-old Awaab was killed by mould in a social housing flat in Rochdale in 2020.
However, the legislation does not extend to private landlords and there are concerns that children in those properties could suffer the same fate.
People subject to competitive and market pressures don;t require the same sort of legal insistence do they? Because they’re already subject to those competitive pressures.