Calderdale councilors agreed that although landlord representatives cannot attend a meeting of the Oversight Committee to discuss the private rental sector, it would be good to get their input at a follow-up session.
The report says many landlords provide a good standard of accommodation and manage their tenancies well, but some have limited understanding and no compliance with the law, unwilling to fund essential repairs.
The dilapidation harms the health and well-being of tenants, he said.
Advisors have also heard that some tenants are difficult to manage.
Caroline Jones, managing director of Citizens Advice Calderdale, gave examples of dire situations some tenants have found themselves in, including properties that should not legally be rented.
Councilor Sue Holdsworth (Lib Dem, Greetland and Stainland) asked if the owners were being prosecuted for this.
Members of Place’s review committee have heard that it depends on which tenants support the lawsuits and that it is difficult for many to do so.
Chairman of the Board, Councilor Regan Dickenson (Con, Rastrick) said this begs the question of the effectiveness of the app.
He said it was recognized that much of the poorer housing in Calderdale was private rental housing.
“I have no problem with people making money, but I have a problem with people making money unfairly,” he said.
Heidi Walters, head of strategic housing provision at Calderdale Council, said the council needed to engage more effectively with private landlords, where it could be more supportive and help landlords help their tenants – more than 8 million pounds of grants were coming into Calderdale to help the private sector improve homes, making them warmer and safer.
“At every level, we are seeing demand far exceed inventory availability,” she said.
Other issues covered include homelessness, youth housing, local plan, cost of living crisis, Air b ‘n’ bs, selective licensing – used to tackle poor housing conditions, for example in parts of Leeds, although this has not been the case. without problems – and the role of Environmental Health Team officers, including potential fines that owners could face.
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