Funds for Hounslow Council to continue removal of rogue landlords

Hounslow Council has received a boost of grant funding totalling £281,414 in its work to further crack down on rogue landlords.

Published: Thursday, 27th July 2017

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Hounslow Council has received a boost of grant funding totalling £281,414 in its work to further crack down on rogue landlords.

The money from central government's Controlling Migration Fund will be used on tackling landlords who rent out poor quality, over-crowded and dangerous accommodation.

Complaints from tenants and residents about nearby illegal or unsociable housing in the private rented sector have doubled in the last three years, with complaints focussing on overcrowding, noise, refuse, parking and crime.

The funding will:

  • provide a pro-active housing enforcement team for 12 months to tackle rogue landlords;
  • support tenants in their dealings with rogue landlords about illegal evictions, rent deposit retention and harassment;
  • support the London Landlords Accreditation Scheme.

The 2011 Census identified 57,600 migrants living in Hounslow. Most are young people who live in flats or multiply occupied houses and are often exploited by rogue landlords.

Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council said: “These funds will help us to go further in the work we do to tackle unscrupulous rogue landlords who rent out unsafe, illegal and overcrowded properties. We want to let them know it is not acceptable. They are a blight on our communities.

“This money will be used to tackle issues to ensure we can carry on the work we're doing.

“Our aim as always is to look to improve the quality of life for all our residents by providing through our services, safe, warm and affordable housing in the private housing sector as well as council-owned properties.

“We know there are those landlords taking advantage of the demand for housing and our aim is to reduce rogue landlord activity, continue to bring properties up to legal standards and provide further opportunities for tenants to find suitable and safe places to live.” 

To report rogue landlords and illegal outbuildings or any concerns you may have, please email Housing Enforcement team or call 020 8583 3871.