Mr Heather Wheeler the Housing Minister has just announced a £2 million additional funding for councils to tackle irresponsible landlords.
A small minority of landlords continue to breach their legal obligations as landlords and offer unsafe housing. Some of the tenants include young families and others who are vulnerable, and find it hard to find any accommodation which may be due to their finances. These tenants are exposed to landlords who offer substandard properties in some cases these properties may be unsafe or dangerous. To deal with this problem, councils will be able to bid for funding to step up enforcement action against irresponsible landlords, and to test innovative ways to clamp down on bad landlords.
Councils will seek to collate data
The additional funding for the councils should increase action against bad landlords by building relationships with external organisations such as the emergency services, legal services and local housing advocates. Councils will seek to collate data regarding bad landlords so they can deal with bad landlords.
Mr Wheeler 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.”
It is estimated that there are more than 4.5 million households in the private rented sector in England, with recent statistics showing that 82 per cent of private renters are satisfied with their accommodation.
Mr Hanson from the British Landlords Association, said “we will have to see how all this works in practice. Raising standards in the letting market are welcomed and most landlords do realise the let property is an investment and the asset value is partially dependant on the condition of that property. It is of course in the landlord’s interest to maintain the property to a good standard”.
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