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Cash pledged to tackle criminal landlords

Words: Laura Edgar
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Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has pledged more than £4 million to help councils across England to ‘crack down’ on criminal landlords and letting agents.

The government notes that the majority of landlords provide decent homes for their tenants, but there is a small minority offering inadequate and unsafe housing, and breaking the law.

This new funding is to help councils to take enforcement action against these landlords, and advise tenants of their housing rights.

The grants will support councils to make the best use of the powers that they have to ensure that landlords make improvements to properties, including trialling innovative ideas and sharing best practice.

The councils that will receive funding include:

  • 21 councils across Yorkshire and Humberside – to train more than 100 enforcement officers across the region to ensure that standards are being met by landlords.
  • Northampton – to create a ‘special operations unit’ to enforce against the very worst landlords responsible for at least 100 homes in the town.
  • Thurrock – to work with the care service to ensure that the most vulnerable young tenants are in decent, well-maintained homes.
  • Greenwich – to trial new technology to identify particularly cold homes to make sure that renters are warm over winter.

Jenrick said: “It’s completely unacceptable that a minority of unscrupulous landlords continue to break the law and provide homes which fall short of the standards we rightly expect – making lives difficult for hard-working tenants who just want to get on with their lives.

“Everyone deserves to live in a home that is safe and secure and [this funding] will strengthen councils’ powers to crack down on poor landlords and drive up standards in the private rented sector for renters across the country.”

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