LETTING & ESTATE AGENT

UK government to set aside £5m to target rogue landlords

UK government to set aside £5m to target rogue landlords

A fund of £5m is to be set aside by the government to be used by councils. This money can then be used to crack down on landlords who let out sub-standard property and cause anguish to their tenants.

Councils will now need to bid for a share of this fund so that they can deal with the rogue landlords in their area. Although not a recognised issue in the Tamworth area, the fund is also intended to target 'beds in sheds' which offer cramped conditions.

The fund will most likely be used to increase inspections, raids, carry out enforcements, increase prosecutions and demolish prohibited properties.

The Housing and Planning Bill also looks to include banning orders, with penalty notices of £5,000 for breaches.

'We're determined to keep the country building and increase the supply of good quality homes that families want, both to buy and for rent. Key to this is rooting out the minority of landlords in the private rented sector that let out poorly maintained and unsafe properties to vulnerable tenants, making their lives a misery,' said Communities Secretary Greg Clark.

'Council led efforts mean more than 3,000 landlords have faced enforcement action and even prosecution in the last two years. This £5 million funding, combined with the extra powers we're bringing forward, will help them go even further,' he added.