London Councils has welcomed the government’s new guidance for cracking down on rogue landlords, while also calling for much stronger enforcement powers.
Cllr Darren Rodwell, London Councils’ Executive Member for Housing & Planning, said:
“Boroughs are committed to taking robust action against rogue landlords who exploit their tenants. Our enforcement officers are crucial for tackling poor-quality housing conditions and protecting vulnerable Londoners.
“This government guidance will help local authorities share best practice and learn from each other’s successes in dealing with rogue landlords.
“However, the government must go much further – including through supporting proposals such as a Rogue Landlord Order, which would put boroughs on a firmer footing when taking enforcement action and recouping costs. We urgently need these stronger enforcement powers and resources for our frontline teams.
“London boroughs are determined to lead the way in tackling rogue landlords, but we’re trying to do this while also coping with a 63% reduction in government funding compared to 2010. We’re in this fight with one hand tied behind our back – and that’s not good enough.”
Notes to Editors:
The government's announcement can be found here.