Rogue Landlords Beware!
New fund to tackle rogue landlords
A new £5m fund will help councils across England crack down on rogue landlords who force tenants to live in squalid conditions.
The worst affected councils which have a large proportion of private rented stock in their areas and significant problems will be able to bid for a share of the fund to tackle irresponsible landlords who provide unsafe living conditions, exploit innocent tenants and blight communities.
The fund will also target ‘beds in sheds’ which are often rented to vulnerable migrants by ruthless landlords who charge them extortionate rents to live in cramped conditions.
Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said:
“The majority of tenants are happy with their home, but the private rental sector is still afflicted by too many rogues – who rent dangerous, dirty and overcrowded properties without a thought for the welfare of their tenants. That’s why we are inviting the worst affected councils to come forward and apply for extra funding, so they can root out the cowboys and rogue operators.
The government is determined to crack down on rogue landlords and this funding, alongside measures in the Housing and Planning Bill, will further strengthen councils’ powers to tackle poor-quality privately rented homes in their area.”
48 councils have successfully applied for the extra funding, which will help them to carry out raids, inspect properties, survey more streets and demolish sheds and prohibited buildings.”
It’s good for the rental market that rogue landlords are being crackdown upon, however having an agent will help landlords in the long term so they are aware of all their obligations, responsibilities and that the investment is kept the way it should be.
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