Tougher powers are needed by councils to tackle rogue landlords forcing tenants to live in ‘hell-hole homes’.
A landlord has been prosecuted for the second time after putting tenant’s lives in danger from possible carbon monoxide poisoning after a boiler was moved and wrongly positioned.
Tenants will benefit from improved housing conditions and fire safety while neighbourhoods will be better able to tackle problems such as litter and noise as landlords of shared homes become licensed next week (5 November).
Newham council and the Welsh Government should be commended for tackling rogue landlords but ill-conceived policies will hinder, not help.
Commenting on Newham Council’s proposals to introduce borough wide landlord licensing, David Salusbury, Chairman of the National Landlords Association said:
“It is deeply disappointing that the London Borough of Newham has taken the decision to license all landlords in its area….