I was recently reading some legislative document which stated in its preface/abstract/introduction/explanatory note that it envisions an England wherein it would like landlords to take their responsibilities of providing services/value to their tenants seriously, rather than merely viewing their tenants as people that live in their properties from which to extract money.

It might have been a statutory instrument, or a guidance document, or an official "how to guide," or other official gov.uk Information page.

My paraphrase was as close to the original phrasing as I'm able to remember, but it definitely referred to "extracting" either "rent" or "money" from tenants as the mentality which they would like landlords not to have.

Does anyone know what document this was?

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    I’m voting to close this question because the question is about politics, not the law.
    – Trish
    Aug 20, 2022 at 13:50
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    Not necessarily: that would depend heavily on what type of document the phrase appears in: indeed, it is being sought for the purposes of strengthening if not constructing a legal argument. Aug 20, 2022 at 14:10
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    Firstly they can be used in judicial proceedings to establish legislative intent in interpreting the laws. Second it has not yet even been established that the document that contains it is not itself a binding piece of legislation. If you can cite the document in question itself and it turns out to be a mere government website with no legal force whatsoever, then this would seem more like an argument to be indulged, but even then, the (surely in scope) question of to what extent it may be cited in judicial proceedings would remain. Aug 20, 2022 at 14:24
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    @Trish who writes the laws? The idea that legislative questions are entirely off topic here is not tenable. And in the UK, the executive is part of the legislature.
    – phoog
    Aug 20, 2022 at 15:23
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    @Trish, I must agree with Phoog and Joseph P in this matter. This question is not off-topic here. Such a document might or might not be admissible in legal proceedings, there is no knowing until/unless we know what sort of document it is. I urge users to vote to keep this question open. Aug 20, 2022 at 15:37


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