9:40 AM, 24th November 2022, About A week ago 33
The government has today revealed that it will fund councils with high numbers of ‘poor privately rented homes’ in a bid to crack down on rogue landlords and drive-up standards in the private rented sector (PRS).
The announcement by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) will fund:
Propertymark, the professional body for estate and letting agents, welcomed the move to help councils maintain private rented sector standards.
Nathan Emerson, Propertymark’s chief executive, said: “A lack of enforcement and the low number of private rented property inspections by local authorities undermines the current regulatory regime.
“It’s good news that the Secretary of State is allocating further funding in this area, something we have repeatedly called for.”
He added: “Qualified letting agents are well placed to support local authorities in maintaining standards.
“Independent landlords can tap into their knowledge and understanding of the latest legal requirements for the sector to ensure they comply.”
The cash announcement comes after the government revealed that it will strip Rochdale Boroughwide Housing (RBH) of its expected extra £1m funding from the Affordable Homes Programme after a coroner last week condemned the social housing provider for failing to treat hazardous mould that led to the death of two-year-old Awaab Ishak.
RHB will not get any extra money until the Regulator of Social Housing has concluded its investigation and it can prove it is a responsible landlord.
The Government will also continue to monitor the housing standards of RBH tenancies closely, working with the Regulator and Ombudsman, to ensure that tenants have appropriate housing.
Michael Gove, the Housing Secretary, wrote to all councils and housing associations last weekend saying they must raise the bar dramatically on standards and demanding urgent action when people complain about damp and mould.
However, the government’s announcement today reveals that holding failing landlords to account for poor safety and quality is not just an issue in social housing.
That is why the government is awarding £14 million to seven areas with high numbers of poor privately rented homes to crack down on rogue landlords and test new approaches to driving up standards.
Mr Gove said: “RBH failed its tenants so it will not receive a penny of additional taxpayers’ money for new housing until it gets its act together and does right by tenants.
“Let this be a warning to other housing providers who are ignoring complaints and failing in their obligations to tenants. We will not hesitate to act.”
He added: “Everyone deserves the right to live in a safe, decent home and this government will always act to protect tenants.”
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