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New funding for government crackdown on buy to let rogue operators

Local authorities across the UK are to get another £2m to crack down on rogue operators in the buy to let sector. 

The new funding was announced this morning by the government. 

It says that whilst the majority of buy to let properties are decent homes, a small minority of landlords “continue to break the law and offer inadequate or unsafe housing – including to young families and others who are vulnerable to exploitation.”

Councils will be able to bid for funding to step up enforcement action against irresponsible landlords. 

Housing Minister Heather Wheeler says: “It is vital we crack down on the small minority of landlords who are not giving their tenants this security. This funding will help further strengthen councils’ powers to tackle rogue landlords and ensure that poor-quality homes in their area are improved, making the housing market fairer for everyone.”

The government says the new funding will be used to support a range of projects that councils have said will help them to ramp up action against criminal operators in the private rental sector – for example, to build relationships with external organisations such as the emergency services, legal services and local housing advocates.

“Councils may also decide to support tenants to take action against poor standards through rent repayment orders, or develop digital solutions, helping officers to report back and make decisions quicker” says the government.

“The money will also be used to encourage councils to share best practice of enforcement action and examples of innovative approaches that are self-sustaining and can be easily adapted to other parts of the country.”

  • phil dillon

    How about these so called Housing Ministers working with the "majority of private landlords" and incentivise us . All the headlines and money and taxation is based on a tiny minority of bad LL. What about the majority of good LL. Why are you penalising us and driving us out of the business ?
    What exactly is ARLA and other LL associations doing to engage with the Housing ministers and tell them they are about to create a huge homeless problem , they need to reverse these tax changes now before Dec when tax returns have to get started. I would love to hear from our so called Orgs

  • Don Holmes

    It is disappointing for sure, but ARLA just like the NAEA and RICS become so entrenched in the political debate they fail to be effective. Yes they do report after report and sit on different consultation panels, but when did we see any positive return on our membership fees?

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    Why don't L.A's use self-funding techniques ( appropriately ) in the form of Civil Penalties against only those who truly warrant it - overcrowding etc.
    There is no Monitoring, support, leadership or accountability of L.A's by MHCLG.

    Might as well abolish that dept and give their funding to L.A's

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