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Local Authorities Don’t Do Enough to Tackle Rogue Landlords

Published On: October 19, 2015 at 10:59 am


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Over a quarter of local authorities in England have failed to prosecute any rogue landlords in the past five years and a further half have prosecuted less than two a year.

In total, just 2,006 criminal landlords have been convicted in the last five years, with an average fine of £1,500.

Local Authorities Don't Do Enough to Tackle Rogue Landlords

Local Authorities Don’t Do Enough to Tackle Rogue Landlords

The statistics were collected after a Freedom of Information request from the Residential Landlords Association (RLA).

Policy Director of the RLA, David Smith, comments: “Tenants and good landlords are being let down.

“Councils have plenty of powers to enforce standards in private rented housing and tackle criminal landlords. It is sad that at best the record on enforcement is patchy and at worst non-existent.”

The RLA is campaigning for councils to abolish landlord licensing schemes and use existing powers to tackle criminal landlords.

It notes that the new Housing and Planning Bill, which will introduce a register of rogue landlords and letting agents, will boost these powers, as well as implementing a legal measure to ban criminal landlords and agents from the industry.

The RLA believes that the bill will make licensing schemes unnecessary, as councils will be able to request information about tenure and landlords on Council Tax forms.

Smith adds: “The Housing Bill makes clear that landlord licensing schemes are not needed and serve only as a money raising exercise by councils.

“Local authorities now have serious questions to answer. Why are they charging good landlords when they can collect the information they need to drive out criminal landlords using Council Tax registration forms for free.”1

Citizens Advice reports that criminal landlords are cheating the benefits system.

Chief Executive Gillian Guy says: “Dodgy landlords make as much as £5.6m a year from renting out homes that don’t meet legal standards and £1.3 billion of this bill is picked up by the state in the form of housing benefit.

“Tenants are having to pay soaring rents despite severe damp, rat infestations and even the risk of explosions.”1

Housing charity Shelter claims that around half a million private rental homes are in a bad condition, including damp, mould, electrical hazards and infestations.

Campbell Robb, Shelter’s Chief Executive, insists: “The Government must do more to protect renters from the rogue landlords who let out these shoddy properties, so that every renter can feel safe in their own home.”1 



Tenants Fear Rent Rises

Around a quarter of private tenants are fearing rent rises after it was announced that landlords’ tax relief will be cut.

In the July Budget, Chancellor George Osborne revealed that tax relief on landlord interest mortgage payments will be reduced to the standard rate.

Tenants Fear Rent Rises

Tenants Fear Rent Rises

Landlords have voiced their concerns over these plans, but tenants are now worried about the impact these cuts will have on them. It is thought that the cost will be passed onto tenants through rent increases.

A survey of 1,000 UK tenants by Google Consumer Surveys on behalf of uncovers renters’ concerns.

The study found that 38% of tenants are feeling uncertain over how the cuts will affect them and over half would like greater rent controls to be introduced.

Worryingly for landlords, 35% of respondents said they would move to a different property if their rent did rise.

Already, tenants in the UK suffer some of the highest rents in Europe. Further rent increases would leave British renters paying much higher costs than those in other European countries.

If prices do rise, only 20% of tenants would stay in their current home. Shockingly, one in ten said they could be forced to seek council housing.

However, 17% said a rent rise would prompt them to buy their own home, which could be a positive.

Therefore, landlords could potentially lose 80% of private UK tenants, who would be unable to afford a price increase.

There are rules that landlords must stick to regarding rent rises, however, for example, landlords cannot increase prices during a fixed-term tenancy agreement before the end date without a tenant’s agreement. has revealed how tenants would react to a rent rise:

How would a rent increase impact your current housing situation?

  • 34.8% would seek a cheaper private tenancy.
  • 20.4% would stay in their current home.
  • 17.1% would be more motivated to buy a property.
  • 12.7% would consider becoming a council tenant.
  • 15% gave other options.





What You Can Rent for Under £1,000 a Month Around the World

The average rent price in London has now reached £1,500. It is no secret that private tenants in the UK are hit with spiralling rents, with little opportunity to get onto the property ladder.

Supposing that a renter is looking for very basic accommodation in London, this studio flat in Kensington can be let for £997 per month. But what would this rent (or less) get you in other parts of the world?


London, England: £997

Location: High Street Kensington

Specifications: Studio flat with bed, kitchen and toilet

Positives: Pleasant entrance hall

Paris, France: £854, €1,220

Location: 13th arrondissement

Specifications: 40 square metres of space, kitchen, toilet and shower room

Positives: Good for couples


Berlin, Germany: £875, €1,250

Location: Rosenthaler Platz

Specifications: Loft apartment with one bedroom and one bathroom

Positives: Plenty of space


Kathmandu, Nepal: £945, 150,000 Nepalese Rupees

Location: Sunakothi, Lalitpur

Specifications: House with four bedrooms and five bathrooms

Positives: Separate servant quarters, landscaped garden and swimming pool


Mumbai, India: £947, 94,000 Indian Rupees

Location: Poonam Nagar

Specifications: Three bedrooms, two bathrooms

Positives: Gym, swimming pool, jogging track and clubhouse


New York City, USA: £912, $1,425

Location: Prospect Park South, Brooklyn

Specifications: One-room apartment

Positives: Tenants can keep pets


Buenos Aires, Argentina: £947, 13,580 Argentinian Pesos

Location: Palermo Hollywood

Specifications: One bedroom, 1.5 bathrooms

Positives: Pool, gym and walk-in wardrobe


Shanghai, China: £597, 8,564 Chinese Yuan

Location: Xuhui district

Specifications: One bedroom, one bathroom

Positives: The flat has a Jacuzzi


Sydney, Australia: £920, 1,940 Australian Dollars

Location: Sydney’s central business district

Specifications: One bedroom, one bathroom

Positives: There’s space for a washing machine!


Moscow, Russia: £953, 85,000 Russian Rubles

Location: Aeroport district

Specifications: One-bedroom studio apartment, built-in stereo and large bathroom with sauna and bidet

Positives: The owner describes it as an LCD Airbus


Los Angeles, USA: £968, $1,512

Location: Downtown

Specifications: Studio apartment, one bathroom and a rooftop swimming pool

Positives: Grand chandelier in bedroom


Tokyo, Japan: £957, 185,000 Japanese Yen

Location: Suginami

Specifications: Three bedrooms and a living/dining/kitchen area

Positives: Hammock included


Nairobi, Kenya: £949, 150,000 Kenyan Shillings

Location: Westlands

Specifications: Two bedrooms, open-plan kitchen and great views

Positives: Two waterfalls in the complex


Cairo, Egypt: £788, 9,648 Egyptian Pounds

Location: 200 metres from the pyramids

Specifications: Four bedrooms, one bathroom and air conditioning

Positives: Great view of the pyramids


Cape Town, South Africa: £776, 15,000 South African Rand

Location: Sea Point

Specifications: Two bedrooms, one bathroom

Positives: Close to the sea


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: £625, 3,107 Brazilian Real

Location: Santa Teresa

Specifications: Two bedrooms, one bathroom and a hammock

Positives: Located within an artistic neighbourhood