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Tackling Rogue Landlords
We have all heard the nightmare stories of rogue landlords who make tenants life a misery by providing sub-standard accommodation, dangerous properties and a recently highlight area of “beds in sheds”. Fortunately, these are still in the minority and the majority of landlords provide safe and secure housing.
As with many areas where unscrupulous individuals operate, a difficulty can be detection and enforcement. This can be due to a lack of information and education of rights for tenants, apathy or fear. Another issue is funding for education, enforcement and detection.
Bad news for rogue landlords as twenty three local authorities around the UK have been provided with a funding pot of £4,049,000 to tackle rogue landlords. Hertfordshire received the smallest amount of £54,000, Sheffield received £145,000 and the highest amount went to Newham in the grand sum of £1,028,000.
The funding is part of a range of measures being introduced by Housing Minister, Kris Hopkins. The measures include the ability to look at a landlords income and assets when levying fines for housing breaches and compulsory membership of a redress scheme for letting agents.
Sheffield Residential fully supports the measures. In particular, Sheffield Residential sees the requirement to be a member of a redress scheme as pivotal.
Sheffield Residential has voluntarily been a member of The Property Ombudsman for Lettings, The National Approved Lettings Scheme and SAFE Agent for some time. There just isn't any excuse for any reputable letting agent not to be part of a redress scheme or not to have client money protection in place.