Plans for a new database to name and shame criminal landlords in London will do little to root out the crooks.
We have concerns over the Mayor of London’s new plans for a database of landlords.
In 2015/16 just 411 landlords were prosecuted by councils in the Capital of which 70% were in one Borough, Newham, which has provided more funding than any other council for proper enforcement action.
We believe that rather than duplicating a database, which the Government is already establishing under the 2016 Housing and Planning Act, the Mayor should work with the next Government to secure the long term funding councils desperately need to find and root out the criminal landlords as called for in the our manifesto for the General Election.
RLA Policy Director, David Smith, commented:
“Criminal landlords have no place in the private rented market, but another database is not the answer.
“Such lists do nothing to help find criminal landlords in the first place. After all, they are hardly likely to come forward to register to go on it.
“Rather than duplicating what the Government is already doing, the money to be spent on this scheme would be better used protecting tenants and good landlords by actively finding the crooks who intentionally break the law.”
For more information:
- The RLA’s Election 2017 manifesto can be accessed at rla.org.uk/manifesto2017.
- Research published by Caroline Pidgeon AM last year highlighted the low levels of prosecutions of criminal landlords in London. It is available at: http://www.carolinepidgeon.org/files/docs/roguelandlordsinlondon.pdf.