Government funding to be used to tackle rogue landlords
Published by Daniel Jones
A new pot of government funding will be used to help councils around the UK tackle the problems posed by rogue landlords.
Housing minister Mark Prisk has announced the money will be dished out to councils who make successful bids for it, and it will then be used to deal with irresponsible property owners. Landlords who allow their tenants to live in poor conditions, potentially putting lives at risk, will be the target for the scheme.
While the majority of tenants around the UK are known to be happy with the houses they rent, there are a small minority who are being treated shabbily. The actions of rogue landlords are known to have a huge impact on tenants, as well as their neighbours.
The government revealed that some unscrupulous landlords are known to house a number of illegal migrants in order to make money. As well as offering crowded accommodation, other problems include excess noise, a greater fire risk, poor sanitation and council tax fraud.
Mr Prisk stated: "It's unacceptable that the lives of tenants and their neighbours are made a misery in the name of profit. That's why today I'm offering councils a share of £3 million to take on the rogue operators in their area. They will also have the backing of a cross-government taskforce which will address the barriers councils face in tackling this issue, so together we can end the illegal exploitation of vulnerable tenants."
A problem dubbed 'beds in sheds' has manifested itself in recent years and Mr Prisk is adamant that the government has been successful in tackling it, but the new funding will help the cause even further.
Since 2011, the government has discovered more than 500 illegally rented outbuildings around the UK, and action is now being taken.
Mr Prisk noted that ultimately, the aim is to bring an end to squalid conditions for tenants and bring an altogether more positive future for communities all around the UK.
Published on: July 19, 2013
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