The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has today welcomed new £5m of new funding to help councils tackle rogue* landlords who let out substandard homes.
Commenting on today’s announcement RLA Policy Director, David Smith said:
“The RLA wants to see rogue* landlords driven out of the sector once and for all.
“We have long maintained that it is not the lack of regulations that has allowed criminal landlords to get away with causing misery for tenants, but the lack of enforcement. There is currently a tiny number of prosecutions taking place.
“This extra funding will help councils to do more to root out bad landlords and ensure that they are prosecuted and that tenants are protected against them ever renting out property again.”
*Rogue being the term used by Government. The RLA prefers ‘criminal’.
- The Communities and Local Government Secretary Greg Clark announced today that £5m is being given to support up to 65 of the worst affected councils which have a large proportion of private rented stock in their areas and have significant problems in tackling rogue landlords. The money will be used to increase inspections of property, carry out more raids, initiate more enforcement action and demolish sheds and buildings that are prohibited.
- Further details on the Government’s announcement can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-funding-to-crack-down-on-rogue-landlords-and-tackle-beds-in-sheds