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Crackdown on landlords providing unsafe, overcrowded homes

Posted: 9th December 2015   In: Commercial Property

The government is to extend mandatory licensing to smaller and medium-sized properties in an effort to crack down on rogue landlords who exploit vulnerable tenants in unsafe and overcrowded accommodation.

Landlords who fail to obtain a licence will face a potentially unlimited fine.

The proposals are contained in a new discussion paper published by the Department for Communities and Local Government. The aim is to make it easier for local authorities to raise standards in houses used as shared homes. The new measures include:

Ministers stress that the vast majority of landlords comply with the law and provide a good service. However, they say some unscrupulous owners are exploiting the most vulnerable people in society by providing illegal and unsafe homes.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said: “It is simply unacceptable that people are living in cramped, unsafe accommodation provided by landlords who are more interested in a quick profit than the safety or welfare of their tenants.

“The actions of these rogue landlords are helping fuel illegal working, benefit fraud, and illegal immigration by creating a shadow housing market that carries dangers to people’s health as well as communities.”

The measures are part of an ongoing programme designed to improve standards in shared accommodation.

New rules set out in the Housing Bill will enable local authorities to take strong action against rogue landlords and letting agents. They include:

We shall keep clients informed of developments.

Please contact Santokh Singh if you would like more information about the issues raised in this article or any aspect of commercial property law.

 

Posted by: Santokh Singh
Commercial Property
Luton Office