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New funding to help combat rogue landlords across Adur and Worthing

Released: Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Extra funds to protect the rights and safety of tenants have been awarded to Adur & Worthing Councils following two successful bids to central government.

The Councils have been awarded £17,000 under the Rogue Landlord Enforcement Fund run by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

The Councils, along with more than 50 local authorities across the UK, will receive the extra funding to help protect vulnerable tenants such as young families.

The money will be used to develop better ways of sharing data digitally with partners and agencies to identify and take tougher action against landlords who are forcing their tenants into inadequate or unsafe housing.

The Councils will also use the funds to get legal support to develop Civic Penalty Notice guidance. This will enable them to impose tough financial penalties on individuals or organisations which have committed housing offences.

A spokeswoman for Adur & Worthing Councils said:

“We welcome the news of this funding following our recent bid to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. We are committed to improving housing for everyone across our communities, and this funding will have a real impact on the day-to-day life of residents across Adur and Worthing.”

“Whilst the majority of landlords provide decent homes for their tenants, there are a small minority who ride roughshod over their tenants' rights.”

“This funding will enable us to develop better ways of sharing data to identify and crack down on them. We look forward to working up the proposals in more detail to start delivery on this important piece of work.”

Photo: Person handing a young couple a set of house keys

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