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Rogue landlords on the increase
publication date: Dec 8, 2011
New research from Shelter says that rogue landlords are blighting the lives of more and more people across the country.
The housing and homelessness charity contacted every local authority in England to build a picture of both the scale of the problem with rogue landlords and what is being done to tackle it. Local authorities admit there are 1,477 known landlords who are giving local authorities continued cause for concern and repeatedly making tenants’ lives a misery. Of particular worry, the responses show that complaints about serious and potentially lifethreatening hazards, including
dangerous gas and electrics, have risen by 25 per cent over the past two years.
The research also shows that overall complaints about landlords have increased, taking them to a staggering 86,628 in the last year. Yet despite the sharp increase in problems, just 270 successful prosecutions have been made by local authorities against landlords during the same period. Shelter is warning that unless councils urgently crack down on this small but highly dangerous minority, more tenants will be put at risk.
Campbell Robb (, Shelter’s Chief Executive, said, “The reality is that rogue landlords are out there and they’re getting away with it. “Every day at Shelter we see the devastating impact rogue landlords have on peoples’ lives as they remain trapped in homes that cause misery and, in some cases, put lives at risk. Local authorities have the powers to tackle rogue landlords but too many aren’t making the most of their armoury.
They must follow the lead of those councils taking a zero tolerance approach to rogue landlords, and support tenants who are suffering by cracking down on the worst offenders in their area.”