Council supports moves to evict rogue landlords
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Local Government, Regulation
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Wolverhampton City Council has joined a national campaign to tackle rogue landlords and support private housing tenants.
The local authority is the first in the Black Country to join housing charity Shelter’s call for councils across the country to take a tough stance against the worst offending private landlords.
“The majority of landlords and agents who have property in the city operate within the law, meet acceptable property and management standards and co-operate with the council to improve their standards where and when necessary," said councillor Peter Bilson, the council's cabinet member for regeneration and prosperity.
He added: “But there are a small minority of rogue landlords who are renting out homes that are in an appalling state of repair, putting people’s health, safety and wellbeing at risk.
“By signing up to Shelter’s Evict Rogue Landlords campaign, we’re sending a strong message that we will be ‘tough’ on landlords who flout the law.”
Over the last 18 months, the council has taken 10 cases to court for serious breaches of housing legislation with landlords and agents incurring fines and costs of £50,000.
Additionally it has issued seven formal cautions and warnings.
But the authority says it also offers a range of support to help landlords comply with legislation and meet minimum property and housing management standards.
Campbell Robb, Shelter chief executive, said: “We are pleased to hear that Wolverhampton City Council is committing to firm action against rogue landlords operating in their area.
“Every day at Shelter we see the devastating impact rogue landlords have on people’s lives, and we’ve been campaigning to urge government and councils to crack down on this small but highly dangerous minority who make people’s lives a misery.”
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