New scheme aims to drive out rogue landlords

by Shirley Borrett

Landlords in Oxfordshire who fail to meet legal property rental requirements risk being put out of business following the creation of a new approved homes register.

Oxford City Council set up the scheme in a bid to expose rogue landlords renting out unfit properties, such as those with faulty smoke alarms or unserviced boilers, the Oxford Mail reports.

The public register is designed to give potential tenants a reliable list of landlords and properties that meet the necessary standards and landlords letting accommodation in the area are being urged to sign up.

Ian Wright, chief environmental health officer at Oxford City Council, told the Oxford Mail: "There are some dodgy landlords out there - that's the bottom line - and they need to realise the buck stops with them."

According to the newspaper, local authorities in Norwich, Southampton, Darlington and Reading already operate similar schemes.

People letting homes need to be aware of their legal rights and responsibilities, which from October this year will include obtaining an Energy Performance Certificate for each of their properties to give to tenants before they sign tenancy agreements.

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Published on: July 22, 2008

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