Local councils are to receive government funding in an effort to tackle rogue landlords, housing secretary Robert Jenrick has announced.
The £4m in available funding is part of a new government push to support local and law-abiding landlords, whilst protecting tenants from fraudulent contracts or unsafe housing.
This follows similar efforts last year, where the government provided over £2m in funding to councils for the same purpose. The money was shared over 56 local projects, but there is hope that this new release of funds will reach even more councils across the country.
The government said the move will ensure that lawful landlords “thrive” whilst helping councils to develop new methods of inspection and enforcement across the housing sector.
Jenrick said: “It is unacceptable that a small minority of unscrupulous landlords appear to be breaking the law and providing homes which fall short of the standards that tenants rightly expect.
“Everyone deserves to live in a home that is safe and secure, and the funding announced today will help to further strengthen councils’ powers to crack down on criminal landlords and drive up standards in the private rented sector.”
Whilst David Smith, policy director at Residential Landlords Association agreed that more enforcement was needed, he states “funding is simply not enough to achieve this.”
“The government needs to provide proper, multi-year funding to councils to enable them to plan and prepare clear strategies to find the crooks while supporting good landlords.”
Councils will have a month to bid for funding that will support enforcement action, with deadlines for applications closing 1 December.