Sadiq Khan calls for a national rogue landlord database

Sadiq Khan calls for a national rogue landlord database

9:32 AM, 23rd November 2022, About A week ago 25

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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is calling for a national rogue landlord database – after revealing that half a million tenants in the capital have accessed the Rogue Landlord and Agent Checker and Property Licence Checker.

According to the mayor, new figures show the Rogue Landlord and Agent Checker has been used 388,000 times since 2017.

And the Property Licence Checker, launched in November 2020, has been accessed 125,000 times.

The checkers have been viewed 128,000 times in the last year alone as many of London’s renters grapple with soaring rents and – the mayor says – ‘poor standards’.

6,000 Londoners have reported concerns

Mr Khan points out that 6,000 Londoners have now reported concerns about their rental property through the mayor’s ‘Report a Rogue’ tool.

Now he wants the Government to follow his lead and come good on its promise to roll out a National Rogue Landlord Database.

The Rogue Landlord and Agent Checker is a unique database that ‘names and shames’ landlords and lettings agents who have been successfully prosecuted or have faced civil enforcement action for housing offences.

The Property Licence Checker allows Londoners to find out if their rental property is properly licenced with both platforms enabling renters to make informed decisions about who they rent from.

‘Cracking down on rogue landlords’

Mr Khan said: “I’m determined to continue standing up for London’s renters by cracking down on rogue landlords.

“London’s 2.6m private renters deserve a decent home at an affordable price, let from a fair and honest landlord.

“The fact that my online tools to root out unscrupulous behaviour of landlords have been used hundreds of thousands of times is a sad indictment of the state of the London rental sector.”

‘Tools to help avoid dodgy landlords’

He added: “However, I am pleased to see tenants using these tools to help them avoid dodgy landlords and to stand up for themselves when they are being mistreated or misled.”

David Beach, the director of Enforcement at Waltham Forest, said: “The private rented sector is incredibly important in Waltham Forest.

“We work to ensure that the thousands of residents who rent from private landlords are living in homes that are properly maintained and free from significant building hazards.”

‘Mayor’s Rogue Landlord and Agent Checker’

He added: “Our private sector housing and licensing officers make routine use of the mayor’s Rogue Landlord and Agent Checker in their work.

“If we are to continue building a better London for everyone, it’s essential that we continue to stand up for and empower renters.

“We’re doing everything we can in London, but we also need the Government to step up.

“This must include creating the long-promised National Rogue Landlord database, properly funding borough enforcement teams and increasing the fines for landlords who break the rules.”



Comments

Ray Guselli

9:52 AM, 23rd November 2022, About A week ago

Presumably to run alongside a rogue tenant database.....

Kelly

9:54 AM, 23rd November 2022, About A week ago

Reply to the comment left by Ray Guselli at 23/11/2022 - 09:52
My thoughts exactly!

Carlos

10:02 AM, 23rd November 2022, About A week ago

Along with a database of incompetent / useless Mps .....but does enough data storage exist for such a thing?

John Tidswell

10:10 AM, 23rd November 2022, About A week ago

I agree with Ray, I am more than happy to support a rogue landlord database providing they also create a rogue tenant database

nekillim200

10:19 AM, 23rd November 2022, About A week ago

I bet there are more Rogue Tenants, than Rogue Landlords !!!!!
I am selling up because of them. There is no profit in it anymore!!!

Nelly101

10:27 AM, 23rd November 2022, About A week ago

Works both ways,rouge tenant data base.It’s time tje mayor and MPs saw the real side of letting.Get rid of all landlords where do you want folk to live.

Rerktyne

10:47 AM, 23rd November 2022, About A week ago

Reply to the comment left by John Tidswell at 23/11/2022 - 10:10
I can only agree with you 1,000,000 %!
The set attitude now is to ignore the rogue tenant and actually support him so that you force a parasite onto an honest landlord.
What about the act against restraint of trade? Stopping a landlord from earning an honest living?
Deliberately not paying rent is like stealing. But as it’s the tenant (cherub) it’s ok. Meanwhile if that same scumbag stole groceries from Tesco he’d be crucified!
People like me ( brilliant landlords, loved by tenants!) have now left that sinking ship and gone Airbnb: not for extra money; in fact I get the same!
It’s because I would not have tenants today.
Here’s my idea: all tenancies to be guaranteed by local councils; they collect the rent and pay the landlord. They enforce the rules. They do repairs.
Within 3 months you’ll get 1,000s of nervous breakdowns in the halls of power. See how they like it. Sanctimonious gobshytes!
Apply the same to Shelter and watch them all resign!!

Rerktyne

10:49 AM, 23rd November 2022, About A week ago

Today’s decent landlord: like a jew in 1930s Germany: like a black in 1920s Mississippi!
Thus is the UK 2023

DAMIEN RAFFERTY

10:56 AM, 23rd November 2022, About A week ago

Can we set up a rogue London Mayor database please ?
Maybe look for politicians who have No idea what they are talking about.
Getting all the Information from unreliable sources
Shelter, Generation rent

Monty Bodkin

11:22 AM, 23rd November 2022, About A week ago

"after revealing that half a million tenants in the capital have accessed the Rogue Landlord and Agent Checker and Property Licence Checker."

How do they know it is *"tenants"* checking?

The easy target decent landlords will be double checking themselves a couple of times a year and the local authority wonks checking hundreds of thousands of times trying to catch them out to justify their existence.

Rogue landlords of course couldn't give a damn.

And 99% of tenants won't know about it or couldn't care less.

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