Extra cash to tackle Pendle’s rogue landlords

Photo: Rebekah Downes/PA Wire
Photo: Rebekah Downes/PA Wire

Pendle Council is to receive a share of a £5 million cash boost to tackle rogue landlords.

Pendle will get £22,500 so it can take on the irresponsible landlords who force tenants to live in squalid and dangerous properties, making their lives a misery.

Most landlords are good people who care about their properties and tenants. But councils need to be ready to prosecute those who are not

Coun. Mohammad Hanif

The funding will allow local authorities to carry out more raids, increase inspections of property, issue more statutory notices, survey more streets and to demolish sheds and prohibited buildings.

The Government said that Pendle’s bid “demonstrates value for money” in tackling rogue landlords.

Coun. Mohammad Hanif who leads on Housing said: “We’ve proved that we can make a difference in improving housing for private tenants by targeting those landlords who don’t kept their properties up to standard.

“That’s why the Government has not only said yes to our bid for funds, but has given us an extra £2,500!

“We work closely with private landlords and most of them are doing a good job.

“But this funding is very welcome and we’ll use it to take a tough line with those landlords who are neglecting their properties.

“The money will also help tackle problems in houses managed by poor landlords that are shared by several tenants.

“Our aim is to boost living conditions for tenants and make improvements in neighbourhoods where there are run down rented properties.”

The new funding was also been welcomed by Pendle’s MP, Andrew Stephenson who said: “This additional funding again serves to demonstrate the Government’s ongoing commitment to tackling the scourge of rogue landlords, who have had it too easy for too long.

“Most landlords are good people who care about their properties and tenants. But councils need to be ready to prosecute those who are not. I expect Pendle Council to make excellent use of this timely boost to their finances.”

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis MP said the funding is part of a package of measures that will ensure millions of hard-working tenants get a better deal when they rent a home.

Significant progress has already been made and the government has introduced protection for tenants against retaliatory eviction where they have a legitimate complaint and stopped landlords from serving an open-ended eviction notice at the start of a tenancy.

The measures will not hamper the vast majority of landlords who are diligent and responsible.

Mr Lewis said: “Many private rental tenants are happy with their home and the service they receive, but there are still rogue landlords who exploit vulnerable people and force their tenants to live in overcrowded and squalid accommodation.

“We are determined to tackle these rogues which is why we are providing 48 councils with extra funding, so they can get rid of the cowboy operators in their area and bring an end to tenants living in miserable homes in the name of profit.

“We also want to raise the quality and choice of rental accommodation across the sector. The funding will ensure tenants know what level of service they can expect and have confidence to get help and take action if things go wrong.”

Pendle Council’s Private Sector Housing Manager Paul Lloyd said: “Thanks to this funding we’ll be able to carry out far more inspections.

“We will enforce action, prohibit the use of unfit buildings for tenants and we’ll prosecute any landlords who don’t provide safe and healthy homes for their tenants.

“In the last 12 months we took 88 actions against private landlords.

“Pendle has 7,000 rented properties owned by private landlords and whilst there are many good landlords there are some rogue landlords who are letting their tenants down.”

Anyone in this position should get in touch with Pendle Council’s Housing Team by calling 661008 or email housing.standards@pendle.gov.uk