The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (pictured) is advertising for someone to investigate setting up a national landlord register.
Despite not having confirmed officially that there will be a such a register, the job advert is for a full-time policy advisor.
It follows a commitment in the government’s Levelling Up White Paper earlier this year to explore the introduction of a landlord register, after first promising to bring forward reforms to drive improvements in standards in rented accommodation in 2021.
This new role will focus on looking at possible penalties and enforcement and leading on the data protection elements of a register.
The job description explains: “You will lead and drive policy development and delivery related to specific workstreams on our work exploring a national landlord register – penalties/enforcement and data protection. This will involve significant, detailed policy work at all stages of the policy cycle, potentially including delivering legislation.”
The newly appointed advisor will lead and support stakeholder engagement, both internally and externally, representing the department’s views and position through the policy development process.
They will also work alongside departmental staff and a range of other government departments to, “understand the broader context of PRS and housing policy and ensure alignment with wider government policy”.
The job will be based in either London or Wolverhampton with a salary of between £36,337 and £39,598. Candidates have until 11th April to apply.
“This is positive news that the government is planning for a national landlord register and that Ministers are taking it seriously, as the millions of English landlords who will need to join the scheme have been waiting to hear what the requirements will be for some time,” says Sean Hooker (pictured), Head of Redress at the PRS.
“We will of course work with the new recruits to help them implement a workable system. It makes logical sense that if you have mandatory redress, you have your register.