Chairman of the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) Alan Ward has responded to a joint investigation on criminal landlords that was published in the Guardian yesterday.
The series of articles report on the Government’s rogue landlord database, which was introduced six months ago, and other matters relating to criminal landlords.
COMMENTING on the joint Guardian and ITV investigation, which finds that landlords deemed not to be fit and proper people are able to use loopholes to continue receiving rent from their properties and that no landlords have been listed on the Government’s rogue landlord database six months after being established, Alan Ward, Chairman of the Residential Landlords Association, said:
“Criminal landlords have no place in the rental market.
“Local authorities have a vast range of powers available to them to tackle and root out landlords who bring misery to their tenants.
“The problem is that while Westminster enacts the legislation it is dependent on the political will of councils to enforce it. Research by the RLA has shown that few councils are yet to make use of the civil penalties now available to them, while landlords are being faced with increased licensing costs and the criminals ignore the system.
“Meanwhile, public money from housing benefit is being given to rogue landlords without basic checks on the safety of the properties. This has to end.”