The Government has announced that more than £4 million in funding will be sent to local authorities to help them take enforcement action against criminal landlords and letting agents.
Authorities have been awarded funding which will help them drive up standards in the private rented property sector by encouraging positive relationships between landlords and tenants, particularly with vulnerable groups such as the elderly and care leavers, provide better information on housing stock, encourage data sharing between authorities and agencies to better protect vulnerable tenants, improve housing specific legal expertise and developing software to help housing enforcement officers gather evidence and record their findings to help streamline the enforcement process.
This is just part of the Government's plans to help deliver a better deal for renters. Everybody deserves a home that is safe, secure and affordable.
While the majority of landlords provide decent homes for their tenants (82% say they are happy with their home) a small minority persist in breaking the law, making tenant's lives a misery by offering unsafe housing. We hope these changes will help make the private rented sector fairer and stamp out criminal practices for good.
All Councils already have strong powers to make landlords improve their properties and can impose civil penalties and bans from renting for the worst offenders. If you are facing difficulties in your private rented home and not receiving answers from your letting agent or landlord, consider escalating the situation to your Council's private sector housing team or environmental officers.
The Government is also looking into other ways to overhaul the system including longer tenancies, encouraging landlords to accept pets, boost energy efficiency in the home and make it easier for people on Universal Credit and other benefits to rent a home in the private sector.
Today's announcement demonstrates the Government's commitment to helping good landlords thrive and hard-working tenants across the country get the homes they deserve. Building a housing market which works for everyone.