All private rental properties in Jersey will need to be registered, licensed and routinely inspected under new plans.
The proposed law would force landlords to pay a compulsory licence fee of up to £200 per year per unit to let out a property, plus an initial application fee of £50 per unit.
Plans to update this law have been on-going for the last few years:
The Draft Public Health and Safety (Rented Dwellings) (Jersey) Law was lodged in July 2017. It proposed requirements for landlords to meet minimum standards for their rental properties.
The Law was approved unanimously by the States Assembly on 12 December 2017, with 35 votes for and 0 against.
Subsequently the Department for Growth, Housing and Environment produced a draft of the licensing regulations to accompany the law. This was lodged on 1 October 2019 and scheduled for debate on 12 November 2019.
The Panel requested that this be postponed until January 2020, in order to allow enough time to fully scrutinise the proposals and produce a report to the Assembly ahead of the debate.
The Jersey Landlord's Association has raised concerns about these changes - it says it will mean they will have to charge tenants more.
It is anticipated that this new scheme will impose unnecessary bureaucracy, will inconvenience tenants and will lead to a substantial increase in the number of civil servants required to support it.