The council has taken action to require the landlord to carry out a schedule of works to complete to make the property safe.

Shocking pictures show the awful conditions of a “nightmare” house which was rented out to a family with young children.

The property had no hot water or heating, live electric sockets hanging off the walls and a broken front door which can’t be locked.

It also has no working smoke alarms.

Nottingham City Council’s Safer Housing team served an emergency prohibition order on the property in Nottingham earlier this week, where a family including three children aged two, four and six were living in the dangerous conditions.

The council has taken action to require the landlord to carry out a schedule of works to complete to make the property safe.

It has called on the national government to step up its protection of families in private rented properties.

A joint investigation by The Guardian and ITV News has this week shone a spotlight on the extent of the problem of rogue landlords renting out unsafe properties to tenants.

Councillor Toby Neal said: “This is a nightmare property. It’s sheer luck that one or all of the tenants weren’t killed.

“I’m proud that our safer housing team has been able to intervene to get this family out of an incredibly dangerous situation.

“Our new selective licensing scheme, which we petitioned the Government to introduce, gives us further powers to step in and protect tenants.

“In Nottingham, 15,000 landlords now need a licence to operate – which crucially can be revoked if they are putting tenants at risk.

“We call on the Government to overhaul the current legislation and give all local councils the powers and resources they need to protect tenants.

“This landlord will now go to the top of the list to be dealt with by our selective licensing team. As well as being eligible for penalties of £30,000, it’s extremely unlikely that someone who has let out a property in this kind of condition will be given a licence to manage properties in the future.”

Nottingham prosecuted 11 landlords between 2016 and 2018, leading to fines of £68,000.

Since April 1, 2018, the council’s safer housing team has taken emergency action to protect tenants in nine dangerous properties, as well as serving seven civil penalties for offences under the Housing Act.

Nottingham became only the third area in the UK to introduce (from August 1, 2018) a selective licensing scheme, after the council went to court to gain the powers needed to protect tenants.

Selective licensing now covers 90 percent of the private rental properties in Nottingham:

  • 15,000 landlords now need a licence to operate – which can be revoked if they are putting tenants at risk.
  • Landlords pay a licence fee of between £480 – £780 every five years.
  • The income from the scheme can only be used to administer it.
  • Tenants can claim rent back from landlords who have failed to either licence their property, or to keep it in a decent condition.
  • Failure to apply for a licence means landlords are eligible for penalties of £30,000.

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