All 33 London authorities are now signed up to Sadiq Khan’s rogue landlords database.
Working voluntarily in partnership with the Mayor, the 32 boroughs and the City of London have committed to submitting records of successful prosecutions and fines to the Rogue Landlords and Letting Agents Checker, a free online tool which allows Londoners to check if the landlord or letting agent of a rental property has been convicted of any housing offences.
In addition, the checker has a simple ‘report a rogue’ tool, giving renters a central portal to make a complaint about a landlord or agent for the first time.
Ten boroughs have already submitted their records to the checker, which was launchd in December, and the remaining boroughs’ records will now be uploaded to the database.
The RLA has welcomed the news. Director Carrie Kus, said: “We all want to see criminal landlords rooted out of the rental market completely.
“It is good news therefore that the Mayor’s database of rogue landlords is now in operation across the whole of London. This will give tenants the support they need to properly distinguish between the majority of law-abiding and decent landlords and those landlords who bring the sector into disrepute.”
The Mayor believes the database, published on the City Hall website, will give Londoners greater confidence in renting a home, as well as acting as a clear deterrent to what the authority itself describes as the ‘small minority’ of landlords and letting agents who behave dishonestly.
Among the entries is a high street estate agent chain which was fined a record £35,000 following a prosecution brought by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets after it failed to provide the council with the correct documentation – including gas and fire safety – for a rental property in Whitechapel.
Sadiq Khan, said: “When I launched the Checker I made it clear unscrupulous landlords and agents would have nowhere to hide. Now, with all local authorities signed up, we have reached an important milestone in protecting London’s renters.
“The rental market in the capital is difficult enough to navigate without a small minority of rogue operators exploiting their tenants. This tool will empower Londoners to make an informed choice about where to live.
“I’m extremely grateful for the support of all the local authorities and other bodies which have signed up to contribute their records to the database. I’m confident this will be a major step in tackling unscrupulous and illegal practices in the rented sector.
The Mayor has also published his London Housing Strategy,which sets out his approach to tackling London’s housing crisis. The strategy will be considered by the London Assembly at its next meeting.