Councils across the country will be able to access almost £4m in new funding, as part of a crackdown on criminal landlords, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced today.
This will support councils who can bid for a slice of funding to step up enforcement action against landlords who break the law and provide inadequate service to their tenants.
The funding will be used to allow good landlords to thrive, helping millions of hard-working tenants renting privately get the homes they deserve, ensuring that those who follow the rules are not unfairly disadvantaged.
Last year, over £2m of funding was shared among 56 projects, reaching 100 councils overseeing one million households in the private-rented sector.
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said: “It’s 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.
“We have given local authorities strong powers to force landlords to make necessary improvements to a property. They can use a range of measures, including fines and banning orders, to tackle criminal landlords.”
Jenrick continued: “This funding helps councils to capitalise on their strengthened powers, last year being used to train hundreds of inspection officers and create new technologies to make sure inspectors spend their time taking action to improve the sector, not stuck behind a desk.
“Last year, the funding helped councils uncover hundreds of poor-quality homes and ensured that vulnerable tenants know they will be supported.
“For example, last year, Burnley received over £60,000 to carry out proactive inspections of rented homes in the area, allowing them to reach vulnerable tenants who are less likely to report a problem to their council.
“The council found and fixed over 100 hazards across the properties they inspected. In some cases, the funding helped tenants who were trapped in properties which posted a serious risk to their safety – meaning they could be rehoused in quality accommodation.
“We want to support a thriving private rented-sector across the country.”