Industry body calls on councils to protect tenants from rogue landlords

Wednesday 4th January 2017

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has called on councils across the UK to up their games in order to protect tenants from the minority of landlords who are providing poor, sub-standard accommodation. 
The RLA's intervention comes hot on the heels of a report by Citizens Advice, which found that whilst the majority of landlords respond swiftly to concerns raised about standards, a small minority are still taking too long to deal with issues. 
With this in mind, the RLA is urging councils to use their extensive powers – with more than 400 regulations concerning the private rented sector – to help identify the criminal landlords who are not providing adequate homes to tenants. 
A Freedom of Information request made by the RLA last year, which included responses from 237 councils in England and Wales, revealed that 126 had brought no prosecutions against landlords between 2011 and 2014.
“Every tenant has the right to expect a safe, legal and secure home,” Alan Ward, Chairman of the RLA, commented. 
“Whilst the majority of landlords provide a good service to their tenants, there are a minority who do not, and who have no place in a modern rental sector.”
He added: “Councils have the powers to do something about them. What is needed is a greater will to use these powers to root out the criminal landlords once and for all.”

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