A London-based landlord was fined £3,500 and ordered to pay costs of £3,807 after failing to comply with a Formal Improvement Notice served by St Helens Council.
This is the third successful prosecution by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council of a landlord/letting agent in the last six months, involving offences which could endanger the safety of tenants and in the two most recent prosecutions for not applying for a licence when required to do so.
The war against rogue landlords is being won by Newham Council, according to new figures. They also reveal a staggering one in five unlicensed properties in the borough have been found to harbour suspected criminals.
According to the latest research* from the National Landlords Association (NLA), the number of landlords letting to tenants in receipt of local housing allowance (LHA) has fallen to 27 per cent, a seven per cent reduction since quarter one this year.
The Strategic Society Centre, a London-based public policy think-tank, has published new research and policy analysis about private landlords in the UK.