Hounslow council secures extra funding to crack-down on rogue landlords in its large estate of properties in the private rented sector (PRS).
Hounslow is to receive a Government grand of £67,500 towards the costs of dealing with a number of rogue landlords in its borough renting out substandard housing.
The successful grant application for £67,500 has been awarded to Labour controlled Hounslow council as part of central government £5m initiative issued by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). The council’s application main aim is to rid the borough of unlicensed landlords renting out dangerous and unsafe homes.
The money is to be used by the council to fund a specialist “rogue landlords team” to boost its impact and stamp-out the numerous known beds in sheds across the borough.
The new funding will supplement the council’s own commitment of £197,000 over three years, allowing the team to continue targeting landlords who do not conform or comply with existing rules and regulations.
Renting substandard housing, the use of illegal outbuildings, and private landlords’ failure to enter into lawful tenancy agreements have become a major issue within the borough.
Councillor Steve Curran, leader of Hounslow council said:
“These funds will help us to go further in tackling the blight of rogue landlords who rent out unsafe, illegal and overcrowded properties. We want to let them know it is not acceptable.
“This money, on top of the council’s own investment for the specialist rogue landlords’ team, will be used to tackle the issues to make sure we can carry on the work we’re doing.
“Our aim as always is to look to improve the quality of life of all our residents by providing through our services, safe, warm and affordable housing in the private housing sector as well as council-owned properties.”
The private rented sector makes up 20% of all private homes in the borough and it is the council’s responsibility to regulate conditions to ensure that rented properties meet the minimum standards by law.
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