A new on-line database of rogue landlords has been launched by the Government in a bid to help councils work together to identify illegal practices in the renting market. There has also been the introduction of a new banning order for landlords who have been involved in illegal practices.
Heather Wheeler, the Minister for Housing, said in a statement:
“I am committed to making sure people who are renting are living in safe and good quality properties. That’s why we’re cracking down on the small minority of landlords that are renting out unsafe and substandard accommodation. Landlords should be in no doubt that they must provide decent homes or face the consequences”.
John Healey, the Shadow Housing Secretary, said:
“After eight years of failure on housing, this is yet another half measure that will do little to help private renters. Since 2010, Conservative Ministers have blocked Labour’s proposals to crack down on rogue landlords and stopped Labour councils from bringing in licensing schemes to drive up standards.
The next Labour Government will help renters with new consumer rights, longer tenancies and controls on their rents. While the Conservatives cling on to power in Westminster the best hope for millions of renters is to elect Labour councillors and create more Labour councils on 3rd May”.