Councils across the UK must do more to protect tenants from a minority of rogue landlords providing sub-standard housing, insists the Residential Landlords Association (RLA).
The call from the RLA arrives as Citizens Advice reports that, whilst many landlords respond quickly to concerns raised about standards in their properties, a minority is still taking too long to resolve problems and protect tenants.
With more than 140 Acts of Parliament, containing over 400 regulations, affecting the private rental sector, the RLA is urging councils to use the extensive powers they already have to root out the rogue landlords that have no place in the industry.
A RLA Freedom of Information request last year, with responses from 237 councils in England and Wales, found that 126 had brought no prosecutions against landlords between 2011-14.
Ahead of the introduction of the Government’s database of rogue landlords and letting agents on 1st October, we urge all landlords to stick to the law and protect tenants.
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The Chairman of the RLA, Alan Ward, says: “Every tenant has the right to expect a safe, legal and secure home.
“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 insists: “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.”