The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has announced that a new £3.8 million fund will help local councils to crack down on rogue landlords; but there’s a catch.
The fresh funding would allow Manchester council to tackle the issue of unscrupulous landlords who give the rental sector a less than desirable image.
As part of the funding, the Government have finally acknowledged that the vast majority of landlords provide quality homes for their tenants, but said it was necessary to stop a small minority from providing tenants with inadequate accommodation; a notion that Abode pledges full support to.
However, as you can already anticipate, £3.8 million simply will not stretch across every council in the country to allow them to eradicate the matter. As such, councils will be invited to place bids for the funding.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) confirmed the funding is to originate from its existing budget. This is the second year that the MHCLG has provided funding, with more than £2m having been shared among 56 projects last year. These funds reached 100 councils which together are home to over a million households living in the private rented sector.
Housing secretary Robert Jenrick in a statement said: “It is unacceptable that a small minority of unscrupulous landlords appear to be breaking the law and providing homes which fall short of the standards that tenants rightly expect.”
“Everyone deserves to live in a home that is safe and secure, and the funding announced today will help to further strengthen councils’ powers to crack down on criminal landlords and drive up standards in the private rented sector.”
Whilst we see the Government’s acknowledgement of rogue landlords only comprising as a minority, and the funding also being a positive step in the situation, the amount of money being allocated simply is not enough to make any considerable progress to the situation. It should be viewed as placing sticky tape over a hole in a leaking aquarium tank.
Moreover, Manchester council has been very much geared towards tackling homelessness in the city centre over recent years; a component which is likely to remain a priority. Whilst this is also a matter that more councils should take seriously, we believe that this will outshine Manchester council’s attempts to make any form of bid for the funding.
The key to avoiding being tarnished as an unscrupulous landlord lies in the detail; providing care for your tenants whilst also providing quality, well-maintained homes and proactively acting on any issues. For more information on how we can help you with compliance in the rental sector and aid your stance as a positive landlord, give us a call on 0161 883 2525.