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 2 weeks ago 26

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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

TheMaluka

10:28 AM, 24th November 2022, About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Chris @ Possession Friend at 23/11/2022 - 18:32
Chris it is not a belief, it is a fact that there is no such thing as a rogue tenant. I know Shelter told me so.

Frank Cavill

12:38 PM, 24th November 2022, About 2 weeks ago

This works both ways so let's have a rogue tenant database.

Claire Smith

11:53 AM, 26th November 2022, About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Helen at 23/11/2022 - 12:10
Having previously had a shop, I can assure you that they don't get any punishment for shoplifting either. it may be different if they steal from the big companies rather than an independent shop of course.

Jessie Jones

13:43 PM, 26th November 2022, About A week ago

There are 138 entries on the Mayor's database, so if 6000 people have complained then either his dept isn't doing a good job of checking the complaints, or maybe the problem is limited to 138 'rogues'.
A brief perusal of the entries shows that the majority of convictions / penalties is for not having a licence. Out of the 20 or 30 that I looked at I found two cases of overcrowding, and one case of a dangerous property, with no further details.
The reason I withdrew my NRLA membership is because it is they who should be challenging people like Sadiq Khan by using his own data to show that the issue of 'rogue landlords' is much exaggerated.
You can read the entire database for yourself by leaving the search parameters blank and pressing the 'search' button. This brings them all up.

Anne Nixon

14:00 PM, 26th November 2022, About A week ago

Reply to the comment left by The Forever Tenant at 23/11/2022 - 12:10
I agree that would be fair but only if the same applied in the landlord's case.
None of the common, "You made a small mistake in the paperwork so you will be taken to the cleaners" scenarios.

Gavin Palmer

14:23 PM, 6th December 2022, About 10 hours ago

Reply to the comment left by Anne Nixon at 26/11/2022 - 14:00its seems publicly available court approved judgement and names only.
A lot more work - I had one who wanted to be evicted to save himself rent so with his plumbing experience he (I assume) broke and loosened etc everything that was a landlords liability. I eventually worked it out when a 1cm by 1cm deep dent appeared through 10 layers of paint on a ground floor central heating pipe. Because he was young and used to new copper piping that is brittle my old 1960s piping was ductile and didn't shatter. Every sink tap loosened. Plastic broken off inside cisterns, even removed a screw on an electric shower frontage!!!!

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