Rented housing standards crackdown supported in survey

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People in the Isle of Man have shown overwhelming support for government plans to crack down on the standard of accommodation on the rental market.

In a recent survey, more than 80% said they thought "standards of decency" should be set by government officials.

The results, which were published this month, will mean a series of changes at the lower end of the market.

Social Care Minister Chris Robertshaw said he wanted to ensure people on the island had good quality homes.

New legislation will be brought in by the end of 2013 although a voluntary code, Landlord Registration Scheme, will be being implemented by the end of the 2012.

"This legislation gives the authorities the powers to protect people in rented homes," added Mr Robertshaw.

"We are asking landlords to provide basic standards of decency because there is a limited number who are taking good money and providing substandard accommodation."

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