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A £2 million rogue landlord fund has been announced by housing minister Heather Wheeler that councils can use to combat bad practices by poor landlords that continually break the law.
Councils will be able to bid for funding from the £2 million fund to increase enforcement action against irresponsible landlords and to develop and test innovative ways to clamp down on unsuitable accommodation.
The extra £2 million cash allocation builds on government action to drive up standards in the private rented sector and protect tenants from the minority of bad landlords.
Councils already have powers to require landlords to make necessary improvements to a property and can use a range of measures, including fines and banning orders, to tackle rogue landlords.
The new funding will be used to support a range of projects that councils have said will help them to increase action against bad landlords. Building relationships with external organisations such as the emergency services, legal services and local housing advocates are just a few measures that the £2 million fund could be used for.
Councils could also decide to support tenants to take action against poor standards through rent repayment orders, or develop digital solutions, helping officers to report back and make decisions quicker.
Councils will also be expected to share best practices of enforcement action and examples of innovative approaches that are self-sustaining and can be easily adapted to other parts of the country.
Housing Minister, Heather Wheeler, said: ‘Everyone deserves to live in a home that is safe and secure, and it is vital we crack down on the small minority of landlords who are not giving their tenants this security.
‘This funding will help further strengthen councils’ powers to tackle rogue landlords and ensure that poor-quality homes in their area are improved, making the housing market fairer for everyone.’