Council gets £thousands to fight 'beds in sheds'
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Central Government
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Croydon Council has won a cash injection from central government to combat the menace of so-called 'bed in sheds'.
The council is one of 23 local authorities to get a share of the government's £4 million pot, which has been set aside to help fight squalid and dangerous illegal properties.
The £82,000 payout comes in the wake of recent high-profile incidents involving people living in unsuitable and derelict buildings in Croydon.
Last June, a man died in a fire at an abandoned building in the borough, while in October two men had to be rescued from a fire in an outbuilding they were sleeping in at an address in the Thornton Heath area.
In the past 12 months the council has successfully carried out five prosecutions in relation to rogue landlords.
Additionally, two landlords that had turned garages into living accommodation were issued with prohibition orders to prevent the buildings being occupied.
The funding will enable the council to recruit two additional environmental health officers to target buildings likely to attract squatters.
Councillor Dudley Mead, cabinet member for housing, said: “Rogue landlords and poor-quality housing have recently become more of an issue in Croydon, as it has in other boroughs.
“This funding will enable us to increase our efforts in targeting the buildings and areas at greatest risk, as well as identifying the landlords responsible.”