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Crackdown on rogue landlords urged

Crackdown on rogue landlords urged

Category: Mortgages

Updated: 30/03/2011
First Published: 30/03/2011

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A leading homeless charity has spoken out against 'rogue landlords', and has called on the Government to give tenants better protection.

The number of households privately renting has risen significantly in recent years, as many homeowners have been forced to become landlords as they cannot sell their homes, while potential first time buyers have turned to rental property having been scuppered by high deposits.

Some 3.4 million people across the UK are currently privately renting – a figure that has risen by 40% over the last five years alone.

Shelter says it has seen a worrying 23% rise in the number of people seeking help to resolve problems with their landlords in the last year.

They include reports of:

  • Dampness and disrepair in private properties (42% increase)
  • Harassment by private landlords (24% increase)
  • Unfair or unexpected rent rises (19% increase)

As a result, the housing charity has called on the Housing Minister Grant Shapps to produce a clear plan to tackle rogue landlords and show his commitment to private tenants by ensuring that all local authorities sign up to a minimum standard accreditation scheme.

"The Housing Minister's claim that 'the vast majority of England's three million private tenants are happy with the service they receive' has been seriously thrown into question today,"commented Shelter's chief executive, Campbell Rob.

"It's frightening to see that complaints about bad landlords are increasing at such a rate, at the very time that renting a home is fast becoming the only option for thousands of families across this country.

"It appears that rogue landlords are cashing in on this growing market."

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