Over 100 councils across England have been awarded a share of a £4m pot to crackdown on criminal landlords and lettings agents, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick, has announced today (3 January).
The new funding will be used by councils to take enforcement actions against rogue landlords, and advise tenants of their housing rights.
The councils to benefit from the funding include, 21 councils across Yorkshire and Humberside, which will be used to train over 100 enforcement officers across the region “to ensure standards are met my landlords.”
Northampton is set to create a ‘Special Operations Unit’ to enforce against the “very worst landlords responsible for over 100 homes in the town.”
The money in Thurrock will be used to work with the care service to ensure “vulnerable young tenants are in decent, well-maintained homes”, whilst the Borough of Greenwich will trial new technology to identify particularly cold homes to ensure renters are “warm over the festive period.”
Jenrick said: “This government will deliver a better deal for renters. It’s completely unacceptable that a minority of unscrupulous landlords continue to break the law and provide homes which fall short of the standards we rightly expect – making lives difficult for hard-working tenants who just want to get on with their lives.
“Everyone deserves to live in a home that is safe and secure and the funding announced today will strengthen councils’ powers to crack down on poor landlords and drive up standards in the private rented sector for renters across the country.”