28 May

Charity raises concerns about rogue landlords

Charity raises concerns about rogue landlords

A number of landlords are failing to ensure their properties meet legal standards, according to research by the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB).

The study found an estimated 740,000 rented properties are unsafe, with many rogue landlords still enjoying a substantial income from tenants.

It is claimed 16 per cent of private rented homes in England are unsafe, with eight per cent suffering from significant damp issues, while six per cent do not have adequate heating or insulation.

"Rogue landlords are putting profits before safety. With a growing private rental sector, increasing numbers of people are falling prey to landlords who fail to meet decent standards," said Gillian Guy, CAB chief executive.

"The government has rightly said it wants to tackle the country’s housing crisis and it must make targeting dodgy landlords, giving tenants better rights and driving up standards a major part of that effort," she added.

According to the CAB, the rising cost of homeownership is forcing many families to look at renting and this has increased the power of landlords. Although tenants can take court action against rogue landlords, it is a complex, expensive and lengthy process.

However, Richard Lambert, chief executive officer at the National Landlords Association, has raised issues with the CAB's findings.

Mr Lambert admitted that there is some bad practice within the private housing sector, but the report fails to paint a full pictureOur own research shows that 86 per cent of families consider their properties as their home and that 62 per cent do not see renting as a barrier to family life. Furthermore just 0.5 per cent of families who rent privately say they’ve had to move because their landlord increased their rent," the chief executive officer added.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801789161-ADNFCR

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