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Minister reveals £4m fighting fund to tackle rogue agents and landlords

first_imgThe government has announced this morning that 100 councils across England are to share in a £4 million fund to crack down on rogue letting agents and landlords.This new funding will be used by the ‘hotspot’ councils to take enforcement action against rogue elements within the lettings industry and will include installing ‘snooping’ devices in rented accommodation that councils suspect are being run poorly.These will monitor heat and damp levels and are being trialled in the London Borough of Greenwich.But the cash will also be used to finance a wide range of projects including training more enforcement officers, setting up specialist ‘operations units’ and bolstering care services for the most vulnerable tenants.“This government will deliver a better deal for renters,” says Secretary of State for Housing Robert Jenrick (pictured, above).“It’s completely unacceptable that a minority of unscrupulous landlords continue to break the law and provide homes which fall short of the standards we rightly expect – making lives difficult for hard-working tenants who just want to get on with their lives.“Everyone deserves to live in a home that is safe and secure and the funding announced today will strengthen councils’ powers to crack down on poor landlords and drive up standards in the private rented sector for renters across the country.”Industry responseThe Guild’s in-house Compliance Officer, Paul Offley, says: “We fully support this initiative as it will ensure that rogue landlords and letting agents are punished for breaking the law and it will also ensure that more tenants are treated fairly.“With the funding providing councils with a means to crack down on illegal activity in the lettings market, tenants will have more protection and the standards of the rental sector will be raised.“An environment where exploitative landlords are stamped out will enable good landlords and letting agents to thrive. The Guild has a very strict Code of Conduct to ensure its Members provide a full regulatory service to both landlords and tenants.”Robert Jenrick rogue landlords rogue letting agents January 3, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 3rd January 2020 at 6:21 pm£40,000 per council, what exactly would that fund? A member of staff and a car, for 12-months. Lets say there are 20,000 rented properties per county council area, and some will be council owned and may themselves fall short of the ‘standard required’ so best to include them.If a person could visit 5 a day, that is 35 a week x 48 weeks = 1,680 properties that can be inspected in a year, of course no time to do the paperwork or follow up on anything.So, I think maybe 4M is not going to help the situation greatly, but maybe a small step in the right direction, sometimes it worries me who dreams up the funding for these initiatives, surely 20M would be getting closer to the figure required.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Minister reveals £4m fighting fund to tackle rogue agents and landlords previous nextRegulation & LawMinister reveals £4m fighting fund to tackle rogue agents and landlordsNew cash will include trial scheme to install snooping devices in homes where landlords or agents are suspected of managing the property poorly.Nigel Lewis3rd January 20201 Comment1,237 Viewslast_img read more

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