Government funding to root out criminal landlords is welcome, but not enough to tackle the scale of the problem.
Ministers have today confirmed details of more than 100 local authorities in England which will share £4 million in new funding, as part of what it describes as a “crackdown on criminal landlords”.
Whilst the RLA welcomes the government’s focus on rooting out criminal landlords, it warns that the amount is nowhere near enough to tackle the crooks.
More investment needed
The RLA has long been calling on Ministers to provide proper, multi-year funding for councils to enable them to plan long term strategies to root out the criminal landlords who bring the sector into disrepute. This must involve sufficient funds to boost the number and skills of Environmental Health Officers.
David Smith, RLA policy director, said: “We welcome the government’s focus on rooting out criminal landlords.
“For too long the debate has been driven by ideological calls for more regulation of the sector.
“What is needed is better enforcement of the powers already available to root out the minority who bring the sector into disrepute.
“Today’s funding is nowhere near enough.
“Instead of offering inadequate and sporadic pots of money, it is critical that the government provides proper, multi-year funding to enable councils to plan and prepare workable strategies to find the criminal landlords.
“This should to be supported by councils having the political will to prioritise enforcement against the crooks rather than tying good landlords up in licensing schemes which do nothing to protect tenants.”
Recent research by the RLA showed the number of regulations affecting landlords have gone up by a third in the last 10 years. For more information click here.