Not so long ago, we highlighted the Government’s commitment to rooting out so called ‘rogue’ landlords…
The creation of a list for these people was seen as a positive step for tenants and good landlords alike, a measure to prevent abuse and level the playing field in some ways.
Rogue landlords are those who commit criminal offences against tenants or who consistently and purposefully go against the terms & conditions of tenancy agreements. They could also be landlords found to be neglecting health & safety rules, or even endangering the lives of their tenants.
Knowing that even though there are bound to be a few ‘bad apples’ in every area of society, we predicted that as a percentage of the total number of landlords nationally, this would still be a relatively small figure.
We work with plenty of outstanding landlords, as we have said many times before.
Well, we were right when we said ‘a few’ and that this would be a small figure…
What we didn’t expect though, was for there to be just 21 names on a list that is already nearly two years old.
Are we supposed to believe that of the hundreds of thousands of landlords up and down the UK, just 21 individuals have been up to no good?
It doesn’t make sense, surely.
The government have done their bit for sure, in creating this list, and it is local councils who seem to be falling short in their identification and reporting of these rogue landlords.
Just 15 councils sent in referrals about rogue landlords, with 38 offences being registered.
Usually these offences concerned banning orders or civil penalties, but the ins and outs of each case were unavailable.
Whichever way you look at it though, the figures don’t really add up, and the Government estimate that there are over 10,000 rogue landlords puts the figure into even more of a suspicious light.
In an attempt to explain the anomaly, The Ministry of Housing stated that it was all a matter of time, and that names could only be added to the list following full judicial process and any appeals stages that may be pending.
Names would also only be added of the very worst offenders, it said.
In an ideal world, 21 names on the list would be something to celebrate, as this would indicate a dramatic reduction in rogue practices up and down the land.
In reality, this might suggest that more work is needed to find rogue landlords and to protect tenants from falling victim to them.
Landlords, what do you think could be done to help identify those who fall far short of the standards you set in a challenging industry?
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