Rogue landlords targeted in raft of new measures
Rogue landlords are coming under the crosshairs of ministers, as the Government attempts to “stamp out” overcrowding and improve standards for those renting in the private sector.
Housing Minister Alok Sharma has told landlords to “shape up or ship out” of the rental business.
Among the measures, landlords renting properties in England occupied by five or more people, from two or more separate households, will need to be licensed.
The move is expected to affect around 160,000 houses across the UK.
Local authorities will be given new powers to enforce the law and crack down on “unscrupulous landlords renting sub-standard and overcrowded homes”, the report says.
It adds that landlords with previous criminal offences, such as burglary and stalking, could be blacklisted from letting property.
Other sanctions include fines of up to £30,000 for offending landlords.
Housing and Planning Minister Alok Sharma said: “Every tenant has a right to a safe, secure and decent home. But some are being exploited by unscrupulous landlords who profit from providing overcrowded, squalid and sometimes dangerous homes.
“Enough is enough and so I’m putting these rogue landlords on notice – shape up or ship out of the rental business.
“Through a raft of new powers we are giving councils the further tools they need to crack down on these rogue landlords and kick them out of the business for good.”
The full report can be found here.