NOTTINGHAM CITY COUNCIL GETS £151,000 TO TACKLE ROGUE LANDLORDS

On 22 January 2016, Housing Minister Brandon Lewis announced £5 million funding so that councils can tackle rogue landlords. (see: Housing Minister Announces Cash Boost for Councils to Tackle Rogue Landlords.

Forty-eight councils are sharing the funding, with Nottingham City Council being awarded £151,000 to continue its work in rooting out rogue/feral landlords.

Nottingham City Council Says ...

The new funding announced today by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) will help Nottingham City Council to pay for a new campaign  which will seek to build on the success of the existing campaign to focus on the minority of landlords who place the health, safety and welfare of some of the most vulnerable residents at risk.

A key part of the new programme will target the accommodation above commercial premises. After identifying whether the property has the appropriate licence, a full health and safety rating system assessment will be performed on the premises. If the building fails the inspection and it is deemed that the occupant is at risk, emergency action will be taken. The new funding will help to provide emergency accommodation and support vulnerable tenants by working with the Community Cohesion team, with interpreters used to communicate with citizens where necessary.

The campaign will also aim to prevent rogue activities through educating and training landlords in partnership with Decent and Safe Homes East Midlands, as well as promoting a single point of contact for the Safer Housing team through a renewed “Report a Rogue Landlord” media campaign.

Cllr Jane Urquhart, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Housing, said:  “Raising the standards of privately rented accommodation in this city is an ambition, commitment and priority for the Council as all tenants should be able to enjoy living in decent and safe homes.

“The award from the DCLG of £151,079 recognises the successes that we have already achieved in dealing with rogue landlords and will enable us to deliver a programme of initiatives that will make great strides in driving them out of business. This can only be good for the city and good for private renters.”

If you are a tenant and think that your property should be licensed or have other concerns about your accommodation, you can report it via twitter @nottmrenters or Facebook at /NottinghamRenters.

Alternatively, tenants can phone 0115 915 2020 or report a rogue landlord online at

http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/article/29046/Report-a-rogue-landlord-or-problem-with-your-private-rented-property

Failure of landlords to apply for a licence can lead to a fine of up to £20,000 if found guilty by the courts. If a landlord is found guilty, the tenants can apply for their rent back through a tribunal (known as a rent repayment order). This can be for up to a year’s worth of rent.

For information on accreditation and how to find a good private rented home through the Nottingham Standard visit our website at:

http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/nottinghamstandard.