Some Rogue landlords – landlords from hell – are putting lives at risk and causing problems for tenants and local communities, according to Balgores Property Group.
In some parts of the county, there are problems with clusters of very poor quality properties, which are associated with wider problems – illegal working, anti-social behaviour and illegal immigration.
Recent research by the Tenant’s Voice shows that 37% of tenants would not rent another property from their current agent or landlord and that nearly half (46%) have had deposit
disputes. Nearly 40% of tenants said properties were generally tired and in need of updating and a further 17% said they were dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with the overall condition of the properties they had rented.
Howard Lester, Director of Balgores Property Group comments: “The government’s announcement last year that it had set aside £3 million to tackle rogue landlords who place tenants in overcrowded, or poorly maintained accommodation, is an indication of the serious nature of the growing problem in the private rented sector. Poor living conditions have a major impact on tenants and the local community.
“Over the last 12 months, we have seen a rise in the number of properties owned by irresponsible landlords. Overcrowding inevitably causes dangerous health and safety issues. We had a recent case of a quality three bedroom house and the tenants were a nice family
looking for a long term rental. During the first year of the tenancy, everything went smoothly with no repairs required and the tenants signed for a further three year tenancy.
“This unfortunately marked the start of all the trouble. Damp started to appear throughout the property; the boiler broke down; the conservatory sprung several leaks; and the double glazed windows developed problems leaving them unable to open several or close others.
“As the agent, we arranged for quotes to all items and the findings were damming. It appeared that the work had been carried out to a very poor standard initially and the conservatory was deemed a danger, the leaks being symptoms of the structure moving and likely to collapse. The windows had been fitted with substandard hinges and the damp was a result of no damp proof course and had been painted over initially to cover the extent of the problem. The boiler also needed replacing.
“The tenants were often without heating and hot water, as it continually broke down. Despite our best efforts and reminders to the landlord that it was his obligation to carry out the repairs, the landlord felt it was the tenant’s problem. So we informed the local environmental health authority, cancelled our management agreement with the landlord, and helped the tenants find a new property to move to.”
For further information, please visit www.balgoresproperty.co.uk