£2M is being made available for Local Authorities to bid for to assist with stepping up enforcement action against rogue landlords operating in the BTL Sector.
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.Heather Wheeler
The new funding to boost Local Authority action against rogue operators in the BTL Sector was recently announced by The Government.
It says that whilst the majority of buy to let properties are decent homes, a small minority of landlords…
…continue to break the law and offer inadequate or unsafe housing – including to young families and others who are vulnerable to exploitation.
Councils will now be able to bid for additional funding to step up enforcement action against irresponsible landlords.
The additional £2 Million of funding will be used by Councils in support of projects supporting action against criminally irresponsible landlords in the private rental market such as initiatives alongside emergency services, housing advocacy groups and legal services.
It’s expected that the money will give Councils the option of deciding to support tenants in taking action against poor standards through rent repayment orders, or to develop new, better & innovative digital solutions to help Council Officials report back and make speedy, effective decisions.
The money will also be used to encourage councils to share best practice of enforcement action and examples of innovative approaches that are self-sustaining and can be easily adapted to other parts of the country.
[Inspired by, based on and acknowledging the original report at Letting Agent Today]