by Daniel Jones
Landlords in Barnsley have become the latest to be given a warning that they will be punished if they fail to meet certain standards in the accommodation they rent out to tenants.
South Yorkshire MP John Healey has thrown his support behind a new scheme by Barnsley Council that is designed to improve the standard of private rented housing in the town and to prosecute bad landlords, reports the Star.
The local authority has been given £230,000 from the government to help its efforts and it will begin the project by focusing on Goldthorpe, Wombwell and the town centre.
Mr Healey explained that a large number of people in Goldthorpe have already expressed their concerns about poor private rented housing in this area, so they are sure to welcome the action due to be taken by the council.
"Reports about bad landlords are increasing and this is dragging down the names of those who treat their tenants fairly," he stated.
The council has put in plenty of hard work to identify the areas in Barnsley it believes are hotspots for rogue landlords. A number of bodies are due to come together to make the project work, including the police, the council, the fire brigade and the probation service.
Homes will be inspected and the details and accreditation of landlords checked, before anyone who is found to be renting out a substandard home will be forced to undertake repairs and improvements.
Any landlord who does not carry out work will be handed a notice that forces them to and owners will also be encouraged to bring empty homes back into use.
As a result of improving Barnsley's supply of rented property, the council is hopeful that it will be able to reduce the amount of crime and antisocial behaviour taking place in the affected areas.
Published on: February 10, 2014