The Isle of Man Government has launched a public consultation on the proposed introduction of a Landlord Registration Bill.
Feedback is being sought on proposals to bring forward legislation making it mandatory for private landlords to register themselves and their property, and to maintain minimum property standards.
The legislation is based on a voluntary registration scheme which has operated since 2013 -More than 100 landlords are signed up, but cover only 300 properties from a total estimated number of around 5,000.
When enacted, the Bill will assist Island residents by providing access to a better standard of private rental accommodation, and improve transparency and understanding of the private rented sector. Minimum management and property standards will also be established, for the benefit of both landlord and tenant.
Landlord registration was recently recommended as part of a serious case management review published by the Safeguarding Board. It also supports the Programme for Government theme of an ‘Inclusive and Caring Island’, and a specific action to progress a ‘rent deposit protection mechanism’.
Infrastructure Minister Tim Baker MHK said: ‘While I have no doubt that the vast majority of landlord and tenant relationships are very amenable, there are unfortunately a number of properties which are in a substandard condition.
‘These are often let to the most vulnerable in our Island society, in circumstances where individuals feel they have no legitimate avenue for complaint, let alone action.
‘The purpose of this Bill is to eradicate this totally unacceptable position and I encourage as many people as possible to participate in the consultation process and submit their views.’
The consultation document is available to view on the Government website and may also be downloaded electronically from https://www.gov.im/consultations.gov
Alternatively, written comments can be emailed to email@example.com or by post to Public Estates and Housing Division, Department of Infrastructure, 1st Floor, Sea Terminal, Douglas, IM1 2RF.
The deadline for responses is 5pm on Monday 27th July 2020.