9:24 AM, 22nd November 2017, About 4 years ago 8
More than 1 in 7 Councillors in the boroughs with the highest levels of privately rented homes are landlords themselves.
This is more than ironic considering the attitude local authorities have to the PRS and landlords with many stories of councils telling tenants not to move out until they are physically evicted regardless of the costs and stress caused.
The figures were obtained by the Guardian in a freedom of information request. Click here to see their full article
Apparently these local councils deny that this could cause any conflict of interest with regards to decisions on selective licencing.
According to the figures, 39% of councillors in Torbay own rental properties and one has earned over £63,000 from housing benefit payments in the last two years.
This is not just a Tory demographic with 26 out of 99 councillors in Labour controlled Leeds owning Multiple properties in the city.
However, John Healey, the Shadow Secretary of State for Housing , told the Guardian: “The biggest roadblock to getting landlord licensing schemes up and running is Conservative ministers, who have changed the rules to require government say so for new schemes and are now blocking Labour councils from tackling bad landlords.”
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