06 Nov 2019

Fresh funding for local councils in England to tackle landlords has been made available, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has announced.

The government’s intention is that this money should be used to target true ‘rogue’ landlords – but in practice, it is likely to be used to target all landlords.

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick said councils will be permitted to bid for a slice of the new funding to step up action against landlords who break the law.

The government acknowledged that the vast majority of landlords provide quality homes for their tenants, but said it was necessary to stop a small minority from providing tenants with inadequate accommodation.

Potential measures that can be taken against landlords include fines and banning orders.

Jenrick commented: “It is unacceptable that a small minority of unscrupulous landlords appear to be breaking the law and providing homes which fall short of the standards that tenants rightly expect.”

This is the second year that the MHCLG has provided funding, with more than £2m having been shared among 56 projects last year.

These funds reached 100 councils which together are home to over a million households living in the private rented sector.

Jenrick added: “Everyone deserves to live in a home that is safe and secure, and the funding announced today will help to further strengthen councils’ powers to crack down on criminal landlords and drive up standards in the private rented sector.”

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