The Department for Communities and Local Government has announced plans to increase funding in an attempt to conquer the growing problem of ‘beds in sheds’.
Despite robust efforts to tackle the issue by the police and UK Border control, there has been an increased demand to eliminate criminal landlords from charging extravagant rates for ‘beds in sheds’. This type of illegal accommodation is often rented out to migrants and other vulnerable tenants, including people who are not permitted to live in the U.K.
Housing Minister, Mark Prisk, released details of allocated funds of up to £790,000 which will be shared between four London boroughs – areas that have had continuous issues with these rouge landlords.
Mr. Prisk said, “I’ve seen for myself the squalid, unsafe and often illegal accommodation that vulnerable people are being forced to pay extortionate rates to live in. I’m determined that we up the pressure on those renting out beds in sheds and help their tenants out of these appalling living conditions. That’s why I’m backing the locally-led efforts in these four London boroughs with government cash to ensure this vital work is allowed to continue so we can end this practice and put these illegal landlords out of business.”
The RLA welcomes action against criminal landlords who bring shame to the sector and take attention away from the vast majority of private landlords who provide good quality accommodation that is safe, legal and secure.
However, the association has previously expressed concern at contradictory Government policy that has also seen planning regulations relaxed on property extensions. And, last week, the association also expressed its worries about the tightening of access to social housing by immigrants, stating that such enforcement would drive more people into accommodation offered by criminal landlords.