The Mayor of London has laid out plans to ‘name and shame’ criminal landlords and letting agents who exploit their tenants.
Sadiq Khan is planning a new online database, built in partnership with London Boroughs and published on the Mayor’s website, which will cite all criminal landlords and letting agents who have been successfully prosecuted for housing offences. The Mayor claims that the aim behind the new site is to instil greater confidence in Londoners trying to rent in the capital by rooting out the minority of landlords who exploit tenants.
The database, due in autumn, will enable councils to easily share information regarding landlords’ criminal history as well as providing details of enforcement activity and investigations. In the coming months it will be rolled out in Newham, Brent, Camden, Southwark, Kingston and Sutton. Other London boroughs are set to join in Autumn.
The announcement was made as the Mayor joined a criminal landlord enforcement raid in Newham, carried out by the council’s borough-wide licensing scheme for private rented properties
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: ‘I refuse to stand by as thousands of Londoners suffer sky-high rents and horrendous living conditions in a city they call home. Today I have seen first-hand the abysmal conditions that some of London’s private renters are forced to endure as a result of rogue landlords. I want to be clear that the vast majority of landlords treat renters well – but a minority are exploiting their tenants and it’s simply unacceptable. This must stop now. To help renters, I will be working in partnership with London Boroughs to launch my new ‘name and shame’ database of criminal landlords and letting agents to help Londoners before they rent a property, and to deter dishonest landlords and agents from operating. I fully support the excellent work councils like Newham are doing to target the worst offenders in their borough. I will continue to support them and other boroughs who use licensing schemes effectively to drive up standards in the private rented sector.’