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Monday, January 25, 2016

£5 million rogue landlord fund

A £5 million Government fund is to be shared out between 48 UK councils to help tackle rogue landlords.

The fund is to help councils tackle issues, such as ‘beds in sheds’.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis believes the fund will enable councils to identify problem neighbourhoods, increase raids on problem properties, issue more statutory notices and to demolish sheds and other prohibited developments used for residential letting.

According to Lewis -

‘Significant progress has already been made, now with £11.7 million distributed to councils to crack down on rogue landlords and we have introduced protection for tenants against retaliatory eviction where they have a legitimate complaint and stopped landlords from serving an open-ended eviction notice at the start of a tenancy,’ 

The measures will not hamper the vast majority of landlords who are diligent and responsible. Many private rental tenants are happy with their home and the service they receive, but there are still rogue landlords that exploit vulnerable people and force their tenants to live in overcrowded and squalid accommodation.
The funding will ensure tenants know what level of service they can expect and have confidence to get help and take action if things go wrong,’

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