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Shadow housing minister praises council for crackdown on landlords

Shadow housing minister praises council for crackdown on landlords

Shadow housing minister Jack Dromey has applauded Newham Council for its crackdown on landlords.

Dromey went with the mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, on a joint operation between the council, police and UK Border Agency. The swoop resulted in five arrests, the discovery of two HMOs operating without a licence, ten other unlicensed properties, and with a number of landlords being threatened with prosecution.

Dromey said: “It was inspiring to see first-hand the positive work Newham is doing to improve the lives of thousands of tenants by tackling rogue landlords and improving housing standards. It was shocking to see the Dickensian conditions that so many tenants endure.”

Newham is the first borough in the country to have introduced blanket mandatory licensing to all privately rented properties.

Wales said: “I am pleased Mr Dromey has recognised the hard work Newham is doing to improve conditions in the private rented sector.

“We will not accept vulnerable tenants in Newham being exploited by unscrupulous landlords. By ensuring properties are well managed and meet a good standard, we will also eliminate problems which are sometimes associated with poor quality private rented housing.

“We are leading the country with this ground-breaking scheme with other councils following our example.”