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Enforcement guidance unveiled for tackling rogue landlords

Words: Huw Morris
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The government has unveiled guidance for local authority enforcement officers on dealing with rogue landlords in the private rented sector.

In 2017-18, this sector stood at 4.5 million households. This amounted to 19 per cent of households in England, making it the second-largest tenure.

The move follows a nationwide programme of workshops rolled out by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to help enforcement officers learn from one another.

The guidance includes a digital enforcement package with online learning modules for those officers who were unable to attend the national programme.

The document outlines key issues in the private rented sector, approaches local authorities can take towards them, routes to successful enforcement as well as the legislation and powers open to councils.

The enforcement guidance accompanies a similar document for tenants and landlords.

Rogue landlord enforcement – Guidance for Local Authorities is available here

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