LGA calls for national database to help tackle ‘rogue landlords’

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for a ‘far ranging government backed’ national database to help councils crack down on ‘rogue landlords’.

A database listing landlords who are subject to banning orders is in the Housing and Planning Bill currently going through Parliament, but the LGA claims this should be expanded to include all private landlords who have other housing-related convictions.

According to the LGA, the current legislative system is ‘unfit for purpose’ and allows landlords who have been blocked from operating by some boroughs to move on to other postcodes to continue their ‘unscrupulous businesses’.

Under the proposed database, all councils would have access to landlords with convictions and be able to easily identify and target serial rogue operators.

Peter Box, LGA environment spokesman, said: "Thousands of tenants face a bleak Christmas in sub-standard homes. This is because the current system for prosecuting rogue landlords is unfit for the 21st century. Rogue landlords are exploiting this and endangering tenants' lives.

"A national information pool of rogue landlords is urgently needed so councils can identify the serial rogue operators and target them more effectively. We are calling for a system which protects the good landlords, whose reputation is being dragged down by the bad ones.