An extras £2.4 million in funding has been made available for a councils’ campaign to crackdown on rogue landlords.
Announcing the extra money, Housing Minister, Heather Wheeler, MP says the government is reacting to recent reports that councils aren’t doing enough to tackle “rogue” landlords.
- More than 50 councils are set to benefit from the nearly £2.4 million to ramp up their action against the minority of irresponsible landlords who make tenants’ lives a misery
- The money is to be used to boost short-term staffing and create new digital tools to help councils better protect tenants
- The measures will build on action taken by government to protect renters and drive up standards across the sector
All local councils will be able to bid for extra funds if they increase enforcement action against those landlords who are acting irresponsibly and against the law, making tenants’ lives a misery. The government is looking to them to “develop and test” innovative ways to clamp down on squalid and unsafe accommodation.
The extra funding forms part of the government’s drive to improve standards in the private rented sector (PRS), the government states that it is “ensuring millions of hard-working tenants get the homes they deserve and creating a housing market that works for everyone.”
Strong laws already existed which local authorities can use to bring rogue landlords to book, but over the last couple of years several legal powers have been introduced to make the job of local housing officers easier.
Landlords are now required to make necessary improvements to properties particularly regarding energy efficiency (MEES) and a range of measures such as heavy fines, confiscation and banning orders, have been made available to councils.
The government is suggesting that councils might support tenants to take action against landlords when housing conditions are below par, or to develop digital solutions which will help housing officers keep tabs on rental properties in their areas.
It is also hoped that councils will share best practice and examples of successful innovative approaches that they have used and that are self-sustaining; measures that can be easily adapted in other parts of the country.
Heather Wheeler had said,
“Everyone deserves to live in a home that is safe and secure, and it is vital we crack down on the small minority of landlords who are not giving their tenants this security.
“This funding will help further strengthen councils’ powers to tackle rogue landlords and ensure that poor-quality homes in their area are improved, making the housing market fairer for everyone.”
The latest English Housing Survey shows that 84% of tenants in the private sector were satisfied with their accommodation.
[Image – Heather Wheeler MP]
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