This document contains the following information: Housing Bill: consultation on draft legislation.
This draft Bill seeks to:- replace the existing housing fitness standard with the evidence-based Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS); improve the controls on Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs), including a mandatory national licensing scheme; give local authorities powers to license all landlords in areas of low housing demand and similar areas; require anyone marketing a home to assemble a home information pack for potential buyers; modernise the Right to Buy scheme. A new office of Social Housing Ombudsman for Wales will be set up. Local authority landlords will be given flexibility to continue introductory tenancies by up to six months.
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