New funding to root out the rogues in buy-to-let
More than 50 councils across the country will share nearly £2.4m of extra government funding to crack down on the rogue landlords who bring the buy-to-let market into disrepute.
Greater London Authority and Greater Manchester Combined Authority have been allocated over £330,000 between them to carry out coordinated work to tackle rogue landlords who operate across multiple local authorities in their regions.
Housing Minister Heather Wheeler MP said: “This extra funding will further boost councils’ ability to root out rogue landlords and ensure that poor-quality homes in the area are improved, making the housing market fairer for everyone.”
Councils that receive funding will be encouraged to share best practice and examples of innovative approaches, to help improve enforcement in other areas.
Simple Landlords Insurance head of operations Richard Truman welcomed the funding, but pointed out that research carried out by Simple Landlords Insurance, found councils already swamped by the burden of new rules.
“Traditionally, landlords can be resistant to regulation as it can make daily landlord life more difficult,” he said.
“But many are increasingly seeing the lack of structure and national standards as part of the problem.”
“We want to see the emerging class of professional landlords supported by central government and local authorities with effective regulations that will require additional resources.”