The guidance is intended to help local authorities deliver effective regulation of landlord registration.
The guidance recognises that most landlords let their houses responsibly and encourages local authorities to take more targeted action against those landlords who operate outside the law. It highlights, through case studies, how particular local authorities are using the range of powers to available to them to help drive improvements in the private rented sector, thereby ensuring that only those landlords who meet the required standards are approved to be a registered landlord. It also highlights the benefits of partnership working with the police and other agencies to take action against landlords who operate outside the law.
It is not intended to be prescriptive about how local authorities manage their day to day work. The focus is on how local authorities can use the full range of powers available to them to contribute to improving standards or property management and condition in the private rented sector.