Criminal landlords need to watch out – councils are to be given £4 million from the government specifically to target them.
Rogue landlords can be a real nightmare for tenants. They often provide housing in inadequate or even unsafe conditions, causing stress and discomfort for the tenants. Fortunately, they are a minority, and the majority of landlords are responsible and law-abiding.
Government research shows that one in five households (4.7 million, according to the English Housing Survey 2016-17) now live in the private rented sector, with long-term renting a growing trend. While the good news is that the vast majority of tenants are satisfied with their homes, around 800,000 properties still have at least one Category One hazard – such as mould or faulty wiring - and 200,000 tenants said they had been abused or harassed by their landlord.