Thursday, November 08, 2018
Providing safe and secure homes
The government is announcing a £2 million funding boost for councils so they can tackle rogue landlords and ensure that everyone lives in a decent home that is safe and secure.
· Whilst the majority of landlords provide decent homes for their tenants, a small minority continue to break the law and offer inadequate or unsafe housing – including to young families and others who are vulnerable to exploitation.
· Local authorities already have strong powers to require landlords to make necessary improvements to a property, but this funding will enable councils to go further, and test new ways to step up enforcement action against irresponsible landlords who make tenants’ lives a misery.
· The announcement builds on our action to drive up standards in the private rented sector - ensuring millions of hard-working tenants get the homes they deserve and creating a housing market that works for everyone.
Why this matters: Everyone deserves 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 funding will strengthen councils’ powers to tackle rogue landlords and improve homes, making the housing market fairer for everyone.