Housing Minister Heather Wheeler has announced a £2 million funding boost for councils to tackle irresponsible and rogue landlords.
A small minority of landlords continue to break the law and offer inadequate or unsafe housing – including to young families and others who are vulnerable to exploitation. To combat this, 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 squalid accommodation.
The new funding should help councils increase action against criminal landlords by building relationships with external organisations such as the emergency services, legal services and local housing advocates. Councils may also decide to support tenants to take action against poor standards through rent repayment orders, or develop digital solutions, helping officers to report back and make decisions quicker.
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.”
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.
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