Hounslow Council has received a boost in its work to crack down on rogue landlords, with a grant funding of £67,500.
The money follows a successful bid to the Department for Communities and Local Government and will be extra money to assist the council’s specialist Rogue Landlords team within the Housing Enforcement team.
Together with the council’s own investment of £197,000 over three years, the team will continue its work on the issues caused by landlords not abiding by the law and providing substandard properties to tenants.
The team targets unlicensed landlords of Houses of Multiple Occupation [HMO’s], those landlords who don’t maintain their properties, resulting in poor living conditions for tenants in sub-standard housing and tackling the issue of illegally occupied outbuildings and landlords who fail to enter into proper and lawful tenancy agreements.
The council regulates conditions within the private rented sector which makes up nearly 20 per cent of all private homes in the borough, to ensure that rented properties meet the minimum standards by law.
Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council said: “ These funds will help us to go further in tackling the blight of rogue landlords who rent out unsafe, illegal and overcrowded properties. We want to let them know it is not acceptable.
“This money, on top of the council’s own investment for the specialist Rogue Landlords team, will be used to tackle the issues to make sure we can carry on the work we’re doing.
“Our aim as always is to look to improve the quality of life of all our residents by providing through our services, safe, warm and affordable housing in the private housing sector as well as council-owned properties.”
To find out more about the council’s work to tackle rogue landlords and illegal outbuildings or if have any concerns, you can call 020 8583 3871 or email Privatesectorhousing@hounslow.gov.uk