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Nottingham council and its controversial selective licensing scheme, which our own Mick Roberts is battling, are to introduce a data modelling system targeting and prioritising unlicensed landlords to penalise.
With the chaotic, expensive, complicated, error ridden and heavy handed way selective licencing has been implemented in Nottingham any new system when the existing is far from developed is fraught with danger and concern for local landlords.
The new database system has received a grant of £43,821 from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government aiming to cut down the human and time resource required to tackle ‘rogue’ landlords.
The system will prioritise high risk properties for enforcement using data uploaded from council departments, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue, Nottinghamshire Police and other agencies. The development is being conducted in partnership with new approach is being the University of Nottingham.
Cllr Toby Neal, Portfolio Holder for Community Protection, said:
“We are at the forefront when it comes to tackling rogue landlords and just last year investigated and improved over 750 properties across the city after receiving complaints, as well as carrying out a range of civil enforcement action and criminal prosecutions.
“This data modelling tool will step up our fight against rogue landlords by using the best possible intelligence to tackle them and poor housing conditions in areas where there are associated problems such as high repeated crime and issues of anti-social behaviour. It means there can be an effective multi-agency response, allowing for the police and other enforcement agencies to take action together to tackle a range of issues such as dangerous and poor housing conditions, overcrowding, modern slavery, trafficking, organised crime and anti-social behaviour.
“Ultimately it will lead to more properties in the city being properly licensed and so give private tenants a better standard of living and proper recourse to support if things go wrong.”
Housing Minister Heather Wheeler MP said:
“Everyone has the right to live in a home that is safe and secure, and it is vital we crack down on the small minority of landlords who are not giving their tenants this security. This extra funding will further boost councils’ ability to root out rogue landlords and ensure that poor quality homes in the area are improved, making the housing market fairer for everyone.”
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