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Housing Minister announces £2 million funding boost for councils to tackle rogue landlords
Ramping up action against the minority of landlords who force tenants to live in squalid conditions
Measures build on action taken by government to protect renters and drive up standards in the rental sector
Councils across the country will receive extra cash to crack down on rogue landlords thanks to a new £2m fund, Housing Minister Heather Wheeler MP has announced today (8 October 2018).
Whilst the majority of landlords provide decent homes for their tenants, a small minority continue to break the law and offer inadequate or unsafe housing – including to young families and others who are vulnerable to exploitation.
Councils will be able to bid for funding to step up enforcement action against irresponsible landlords who make tenants’ lives a misery and to develop and test innovative ways to clamp down on squalid accommodation.
Today’s news builds on government action to drive up standards in the private rented sector - ensuring millions of hard-working tenants get the homes they deserve and creating a housing market that works for everyone.
Housing Minister, Heather Wheeler, MP said:
“Everyone deserves to live in a home that is safe and secure, and it is vital we crack down on the small minority of landlords who are not giving their tenants this security.
“This funding will help further strengthen councils’ powers to tackle rogue landlords and ensure that poor-quality homes in their area are improved, making the housing market fairer for everyone.”
Local authorities already have strong powers to require landlords to make necessary improvements to a property and can use a range of measures, including fines and banning orders, to tackle rogue landlords.The new funding will be used to support a range of projects that councils have said will help them to ramp up action against criminal landlords – for example, to build relationships with external organisations such as the emergency services, legal services and local housing advocates.Councils may also decide to support tenants to take action against poor standards through rent repayment orders, or develop digital solutions, helping officers to report back and make decisions quicker.The money will also be used to encourage councils to share best practice of enforcement action and examples of innovative approaches that are self-sustaining and can be easily adapted to other parts of the country.SEE ALSO - PRS panel debate - Olympia de-briefUP NEXT - Panel de-brief: Where is the sector heading?DON'T MISS - Insider insights on "game-changer" PRS reportNOW WATCH:
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There are 326 council tax billing local authorities in England. So that's, on average, £6134 each.
Not a day too soon!
I doubt many will receive anything. From the grant prospectus:
Please complete the proposal form (annex A) providing a detailed plan (no longer than 12 sides of A4) of how the funding would be used to improve enforcement activity and how this could be shared and adopted by other LAs across England.
There is no minimum or maximum bid accepted as part of the competition, and each bid will be judged on its merits in accordance with the assessment criteria.
The competition will run from 8 November 2018 the deadline for applications is: 30 November 2018
LAs have just 3 weeks to complete and submit a detailed plan to qualify for a share of the grant. How many will achieve this?
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland need not apply as the UK government is only offering this grant to the country of England!
ROGUE LANDLORD FUNDING MUST GO FURTHERResponding to news that the Government will make £2 million of new funding available to local authorities in England to help tackle rogue landlords, David Smith, Policy Director for the Residential Landlords Association said:“We welcome news of new funding for enforcement which we have long campaigned for, but believe it must be part of a long term and sustainable settlement that provides the resources needed to support good landlords and root out the criminals.“The vast majority of landlords do a good job and provide decent housing for their tenants. That’s why 84 per cent of private tenants are satisfied with their accommodation, a higher proportion than the social rented sector. “Poor enforcement of the wide range of powers already available means that the minority of landlords who bring the sector into disrepute undercut the majority of good landlords and bring misery to the lives of their tenants. This is what the funding needs to tackle.”
One of the few times I find my self totally 100% agreeing with the RLA (me a member to..)! Well done whoever pushed for this.
Decent landlords, decent agents, decent tenants all want these toads kicked out: If I had my way we'd deport them (regardless of where they are from or their nationality), thinking South Georgia or Syria might suit: Are MPs not also there to bring in changes in the law?
On the other foot, it would be nice if there was a fund to help LL's with nightmare tenants?As a tenant, I can use my various senses (sight and smell are difficult ones to fool) to tell if a LL is a potential wrong-un when viewing a property. The same cannot be said for a LL with a tenant that is totally unknown to them.
Since I started I've been much more careful with references (including previous landlord), credit checks, goodl'ing & looking at social media etc etc etc etc..
But my agent missed someone who turned out to have 3 aliases last year... Ho hum, some you win....