Rogue landlords to be targeted in new initiative

Chorley Citizen: Housing Minister Kris Hopkins Housing Minister Kris Hopkins

ROGUE landlords who rent out overcrowded and potentially dangerous homes in East Lancashire are set to be targeted as part of a £109,000 initiative.

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins has confirmed that a Pennine Lancashire consortium has secured £109,000 from the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson said the investment, which follows an announcement regarding the New Homes Bonus last week, should be welcomed.

He said: “Issues remain with rogue landlords and I am pleased Pennine Lancashire has secured this additional funding to help address this issue.”

Mr Hopkins said: “While the majority of tenants are happy with their homes, there are a small number of rogue landlords who rent out dangerous and overcrowded properties, with little regard to the misery caused to their tenants. This has consequences which can affect communities through noise problems, sanitation issues, benefit fraud and anti-social behaviour.

“I am determined to see an improvement in standards across the private rented sector. These funds will enable (councils) to identify and take decisive action to drive these rogue landlords out of the market.”

The minister has called upon residents to hold local authorities, which have been awarded a share of the Whitehall handouts, to account, to ensure the funding is spent wisely.

Town hall leaders in East Lancashire have taken steps to crack down on irresponsible landlords, most recently through selective licensing agreements.

Blackburn with Darwen licenses landlords in Infirmary, Ewood, Mill Hill and parts of central Darwen, and Burnley does the same in Trinity ward, while the scheme also operates in parts of Hyndburn.

Housing officials in Burnley are also consulting about introducing such measures in Queensgate and Gannow.

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5:19pm Mon 30 Dec 13

useyourhead says...

I think your gonna need a bigger budget!
I think your gonna need a bigger budget! useyourhead

5:38pm Mon 30 Dec 13

onsidecobra says...

You will find many in East Lancs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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You will find many in East Lancs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!! onsidecobra

6:18pm Mon 30 Dec 13

shytalk says...

Tory party funds will decrease then
Tory party funds will decrease then shytalk

7:05pm Mon 30 Dec 13

peely says...

And we all know who we,re talking about here don't,t we ?
And we all know who we,re talking about here don't,t we ? peely

12:10am Tue 31 Dec 13

AnimalReid says...

For every 1 rogue landlord that needs to be 'removed from the market' there are at least 5 'problem tenants' that also need to be ousted. Its these tenants that dont adhere to their tenancy agreements and are the cause of the majority of the problems.
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The landlords are only guilty of one thing - lack of enforcement.
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If people choose to live like slobs, claim beneifits, be generally anti-social etc. (as the article states), then thats the choice they make.
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The council needs to do more to help landlords enforce how people live in the properties that they rent out. Insted they pander to the masses (again) who cant be bothered to aspire for the better things in life and instead blame society for their failings.
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Grow some balls.
For every 1 rogue landlord that needs to be 'removed from the market' there are at least 5 'problem tenants' that also need to be ousted. Its these tenants that dont adhere to their tenancy agreements and are the cause of the majority of the problems. ... The landlords are only guilty of one thing - lack of enforcement. ... If people choose to live like slobs, claim beneifits, be generally anti-social etc. (as the article states), then thats the choice they make. ... The council needs to do more to help landlords enforce how people live in the properties that they rent out. Insted they pander to the masses (again) who cant be bothered to aspire for the better things in life and instead blame society for their failings. ... Grow some balls. AnimalReid

9:58am Tue 31 Dec 13

RamMHW says...

Agree whole heartedly with the above comment. The laws are stacked against the landlord! I have a tennant who has paid no rent since they moved in, the inside of the house is awful but I have to bend over backwards and go without the rent until I serve notices and then apply to the courts for a possession order to enter my own property. If someone isn't paying their rent and are massively in arrears I don't think I should have to wait. I am not a landlord with lots of houses, I only rent out one and I can't afford to be subsidising someone else's life! People make their own choices and many tenants start off with lovely houses and totally wreck them but not ventilating, heating and cleaning them.
Agree whole heartedly with the above comment. The laws are stacked against the landlord! I have a tennant who has paid no rent since they moved in, the inside of the house is awful but I have to bend over backwards and go without the rent until I serve notices and then apply to the courts for a possession order to enter my own property. If someone isn't paying their rent and are massively in arrears I don't think I should have to wait. I am not a landlord with lots of houses, I only rent out one and I can't afford to be subsidising someone else's life! People make their own choices and many tenants start off with lovely houses and totally wreck them but not ventilating, heating and cleaning them. RamMHW

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