Funding to tackle rogue landlords

The money will be used to boost short-term staffing and create new digital tools to help councils better protect tenants.

Funded projects include the use of drones and thermal mapping to identify problem properties in Walsall and coordinated work to tackle rogue landlords who operate across multiple local authorities in Greater Manchester and London.

The LGA said the announcement was good news, but reiterated its call for councils to have more freedom to set up local licensing schemes.

Cllr Judith Blake, LGA Housing Spokesperson, said: “The vast majority of landlords are responsible and provide decent housing for their tenants. However the reputations of that majority are being tarnished by the small minority of landlords who exploit loopholes with no regard to their responsibilities.

“Councils want to support a good-quality local private rented offer in their communities, but can be held back by significant funding pressures and uncertainty. It is therefore good that the Government has announced a funding boost for councils to help ensure the small minority of rogue landlords improve standards.

“We ask that the Government now follows this announcement by granting more freedom for councils to establish local licensing schemes.”

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