Rogue Landlords could now face up to £30k penalty notices to tackle substandard housing
Released: Monday, 23 October 2017
Tough new measures to crack down on rogue landlords in Adur and Worthing have been unveiled.
They could now be hit with fines of up to £30,000 among a string of other measures to give renters in the private sector more protection.
Adur & Worthing Councils have adopted the new policy amid the ever-increasing number of complaints against some private sector landlords and increased action by the Private Sector Housing enforcement team.
Some 20 per cent of homes in Adur and Worthing are rented privately.
Among the strengthened powers the new Private Sector Housing Enforcement Policy are:
- Penalties of up to £30,000 for certain offences including failing to comply with improvement notices
- The power to claim back rent from landlords of substandard properties where the tenants receive housing benefit
- Assistance to be given to tenants who want to claim rent back from landlords of substandard properties
- New powers to prosecute persistent offenders
Adur District Council's Executive Member for Customer Services, Cllr Carson Albury, said:
“These policy amendments have been made in response to a growing number of complaints made against landlords in the private sector. We hope that this will provide a solid foundation from which to ensure safe and comfortable housing for everyone in our local communities”.
Leader of Worthing Borough Council, Daniel Humphreys, said:
“We're committed to ensuring that all residents of Worthing have the best possible standard of living and we know that housing is a key part of this aim. Anyone who is renting their home deserves to feel safe and secure. By increasing the penalties for offences and extending the use of powers available to us, we're ensuring that private sector landlords in Worthing will join us in making Worthing a place where everyone can enjoy a better quality of life”.
The Councils have moved to adopt the tougher stance after figures for the last financial year showed an increase in complaints and enforcement.
In 2016/17 the Housing Team:
- received 365 complaints about housing conditions
- carried out 127 formal inspections
- issued 148 notices
- completed 6 prosecutions
The Councils say that the majority of private sector landlords operate lawfully and provide much needed accommodation in the area but a small minority of rogue landlords will face action.
Any income raised by the new improvement notices will be used to help raise local housing standards through the work of the Private Sector Housing and Housing Solution teams.
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