Almost £2.4m of extra funding will be made available to more
than 50 councils across the country to help them tackle rogue landlords, the
Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Heather Wheeler MP, has announced.
The Government acknowledges that the vast majority of
landlords provide good homes for their tenants, but it hopes that the extra
funding will enable local authorities to step up action against the small
minority who continue to flout the law and force vulnerable renters, such as
young families, to live in unsuitable or unsafe housing.
Various councils will benefit from the extra funding,
including Walsall, which will look to improve cross-agency enforcement work,
including the innovative use of drones and thermal mapping to identify potential
Lancaster plans to create a training programme for existing
enforcement staff across the Lancashire region.
Meanwhile, the Greater London Authority (GLA) and Greater
Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) have been allocated over £330,000 between
them to conduct coordinated work to tackle rogue landlords who operate across
multiple local authorities in their regions.
Wheeler insists: “Everyone has the right 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.
extra funding will further boost councils’ ability to root out rogue landlords
and ensure that poor-quality homes in the area are improved, making the housing
market fairer for everyone.”
Government has already given local authorities stronger powers to tackle criminal
landlords, ranging from hefty fines to banning orders for the worst
funding will be used to support a range of projects that councils believe will
help them to ramp up action against criminal landlords.
may also decide to support tenants to take action against poor living standards
through rent repayment orders, or develop digital solutions, helping officers
to report back and make decisions quicker.
that receive funding will be encouraged to share best practice and examples of
innovative approaches, to help improve enforcement in other areas.
Judith Blake, the Housing Spokesperson for the Local Government Association, says:
“The vast majority of landlords are responsible and provide decent housing for
their tenants, however, the reputations of that majority are being tarnished by
the small minority of landlords who exploit loopholes with no regard to their
want to support a good quality local private rented offer in their communities,
but can be held back by significant funding pressures and uncertainty. It is
therefore good that the Government has announced a funding boost for councils,
to help ensure the small minority of rogue landlords improve standards.”
“We ask that the Government now follows this announcement by granting more
freedom for councils to establish local licensing schemes.”