Private landlords and agents have started helping the government to test its impending property portal.
In answer to a written question about its progress since the announcement as part of the Renters Reform Act white paper last June, DLUHC minister Dehenna Davison (pictured) said it was busy doing research.
'We are conducting ongoing policy and digital development which has included user research with potential users of the portal, such as private landlords, property agents, local authorities and private renters,'� said Davison.
'We will continue to conduct testing of potential solutions for the property portal to make sure the system works for different users. Announcements will be made in the usual way.'�
The government announced the portal, explaining that it would provide, 'a single front door to help landlords to understand, and comply with, their responsibilities as well as giving councils and tenants the information they need to tackle rogue operators'�.
It is expected to be similar to, but more comprehensive than, those in Wales and Scotland, using the address of each private rented property in England to create a database of homes and their landlords/agents.
This is likely to include the owner of the property, the company managing it if applicable and a contact address for the owner/management.
This portal could then be linked to any redress cases linked to the property and its landlord and will include any information on outstanding enforcement orders and other breaches of the Decent Homes Standard.
It is still unclear whether it will include regulatory information such as additional or selective licencing, gas safety, MEES and electrical checks.
If you've been approached by DLUHC to test out the portal get in touch with LandlordZONE via email.