Section: Private Sector Housing

£2 million for councils to crackdown on rogue landlords

Posted 08.11.18
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Housing Minister Heather Wheeler has announced a new £2 million fund targeted at helping councils across the country to crackdown on rogue landlords in the private rented sector.

Councils will be able to bid for funding to step up enforcement action against irresponsible landlords who make tenants' lives a misery. This can include developing and testing innovative ways to clamp down on squalid accommodation.

The new funding will be used to support a range of projects that councils have said will help them to ramp up action against criminal landlords - for example, to build relationships with external organisations such as the emergency services, legal services and local housing advocates.

Councils may also decide to support tenants to take action against poor standards through rent repayment orders, or develop digital solutions, helping officers to report back and make decisions quicker.

The money will also be used to encourage councils to share best practice of enforcement action and examples of innovative approaches that are self-sustaining and can be easily adapted to other parts of the country.


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Reporting on November 2018

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