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MHCLG allocates £2m fund to further crackdown on rogue landlords

Article Posted - 8th November 2018

Housing Minister Heather Wheeler has announced plans for a £2m fund to be given to local authorities to tackle rogue landlords.

The announcement continues the latest drive from the Government to further regulate the private rented sector or, according to the Governments latest slogan, “create a housing market that works for everyone”.

According to the press release, the new funding will be used to support a range of projects that councils have identified to help ramp up action against criminals in the private rented sector, such as build relationships with external organisations like the emergency services, legal services and local housing advocates.

Local authorities (LAs) will also have powers to support tenants to take action against poor standards through rent repayment orders or “develop digital solutions” to make the decision-making process more efficient for officers.

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.

According to the department is particularly interested in unlocking best practice in the following areas which LAs highlight:

Speaking on the announcement of the new fund, Housing Minister Heather Wheeler MP said:

“Everyone deserves to live in a home that is safe and secure, and it is vital we crack down on the small minority of landlords who are not giving their tenants this security.

“This funding will help further strengthen councils' powers to tackle rogue landlords and ensure that poor-quality homes in their area are improved, making the housing market fairer for everyone.

Commenting on the fund, Richard Lambert, CEO of the National Landlords Association (NLA), said:

“Providing £2 million towards enforcement is a welcome start, but it's little more than a drop in the ocean. Local authorities need far more substantial and consistent resourcing to be able to enforce properly in the PRS and rid the sector of the criminals operating within it.”

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