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New Government Funding to Tackle Rogue Landlords
Local authorities will be allowed to bid for part of a new £5 million fund set up by the government to try to crack down on rogue landlords. The extra money can be used to increase the number of property inspections, to initiate more enforcement action and in extreme cases to demolish buildings that are deemed unfit for habitation.
Communities Secretary Greg Clark, who announced the new fund in the House of Commons, said, “We’re determined to keep the country building and increase the supply of good quality homes that families want, both to buy and for rent. Key to this is rooting out the minority of landlords in the private rented sector that let out poorly-maintained and unsafe properties to vulnerable tenants, making their lives a misery.”
Councils have until December 5th to make an application for funding under the new scheme.
The move comes ahead of the introduction of the new Housing and Planning Bill which is currently going through parliament. The Bill contains proposals for penalty notices of up to £5,000 for rogue landlords, banning orders for regular offenders and the requirement to keep a database of rogue landlords and letting agents. The government are also thought to be looking at the viability of introducing a new national minimum room standard to help to combat overcrowding.