10:14 AM, 28th February 2017, About 5 years ago 8
Tory MP for Peterborough, Stewart Jackson, went on an excoriating attack against slum landlords and the local council for a scheme to help them with the cost of repairs. The local authority will temporarily lease the properties from the landlords before making repairs.
Jackson wrote in the Peterborugh Telegragh that he did not know what to make of a £1.2 million council fund to subsidise housing repairs for “Slum Landlords”.
Jackson said, “yes these are landlords currently collecting rents for tenants already living in their substandard or dangerous properties, but who apparently cannot afford to repair and maintain their own properties properly or meet the appropriate regulatory and licensing arrangement.
“Apparently, we’re meant to be sympathetic to these folk who take issue with a basic requirement not to allow a property to be seriously overcrowded. 900 of them lacked gas safety certificates and worse.
“That’s your money which could build new homes or give local working families a lift up by paying their deposit on a new house via rent or mortgage. Scrub that, I do know what I think, It stinks!”
“What message does it send to good and ethical landlords in our city who presumably have to pay for the upkeep of their own properties which after all are their own capital assets? Isn’t it completely undermining the whole point of the licensing scheme, if we choose to reward slum landlords at average £3,500 a pop and allow them to stay and continue to ply their dubious trade in the lettings market?”
“I fear that the council has taken a wrong turn and is failing to deal with the fundamentals. They are either committed to cleaning up slum tenancies and protecting tenants and improving neighbourhoods or they’re not.”