We recognise that a high-quality and well-managed private rented sector is important to the success of Hackney’s businesses, for example affecting firms’ ability to recruit and the welfare of their employees.
The size of the private rented sector in Hackney has doubled in the last 10 years and now houses around one third of all households in the borough. The high price of home ownership means that renting privately is the only option for many of those living and working in the borough.
HQN (Housing Quality Network) has been appointed by the Council as an independent consultant to seek the views of stakeholders on conditions in the sector and the ways in which conditions and services could be improved.
HQN needs to hear both from privately renting tenants and landlords as well as others affected by private rented accommodation, such as neighbours and businesses. A survey has been published to seek views.
We urge businesses to encourage their employees to complete the survey, as well as completing it themselves. This will assist us to build up a strong body of evidence on how best to support and improve the management of privately rented properties in the borough.
The deadline for completing the survey is 28 February 2015.
You can answer it online at: https://consultation.hackney.gov.uk/housing-strategy-policy/
or request a hard copy from Sue Farrant of HQN on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01904 557150