The Department of Social Care would like to thank all those who took part in the recent consultation on the proposed Landlord Registration Scheme.
A report detailing the results of the consultation is available http://old.gov.im/socialcare/ConsultationDetail.gov?id=300
The Minister for Social Care Hon Chris Robertshaw MHK said:
'Good quality, decent accommodation can make a real difference to people’s lives and it is part of Government’s responsibility to help make this happen. I am totally committed to improving the living standards and tenancy conditions of those living in poor quality private rented accommodation and landlord registration is the first step in this process. My Department received over 100 responses to this consultation, which helps us to ensure we pursue the right policies to meet the needs of our Island. I would like to thank all those who took the trouble to respond to the consultation including many landlords and tenants.'
The next steps will include the introduction of a voluntary Landlord Registration Scheme before the end of the year. This will give landlords the opportunity to join the scheme which will enable them to receive support such as template documents and good practice guides.
The Department will also be consulting on the proposed legislation late in 2012 which will provide a statutory basis for the mandatory registration of private landlords on the Isle of Man.