Crackdown on rogue landlords given £3m boost

Published: 27/07/2013

Local councils could receive additional funding to help tackle rogue landlords, Housing Minister Mark Prisk has announced.

While the majority of landlords abide by the law and meet their legal responsibilities in providing tenants with safe accommodation, there remains a minority whose tenants are forced to live in dangerous conditions.

As a result councils will be given the opportunity to bid for a share of the £3m fund to bring the rogue landlords to justice.

Mark Prisk comments:

“The majority of tenants are happy with their home and the service they receive, but there are still a minority of rogue landlords who exploit vulnerable people and force their tenants to live in overcrowded and squalid conditions.

“It’s unacceptable that the lives of tenants and their neighbours are made a misery in the name of profit. That’s why today I’m offering councils a share of £3 million to take on the rogue operators in their area.

“They will also have the backing of a cross-government taskforce which will address the barriers councils face in tackling this issue, so together we can end the illegal exploitation of vulnerable tenants and bring a better future to communities across the country.”

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