Rogue landlords ‘should have properties confiscated’

Members of the Housing, Communities and Local Government (HCLG) committee said vulnerable tenants needed greater protection.

“The imbalance in power in the private rented sector means vulnerable tenants often lack protection from unscrupulous landlords, who can threaten them with retaliatory rent rises and eviction if they complain about unacceptable conditions in their homes,” said Clive Betts, chair of the HCLG committee.

“Local authorities need the power to levy more substantial fines against landlords, and in the case of the most serious offenders, ultimately be able to confiscate their properties.”

“The law is supposed to protect tenants from these criminals but many won’t complain about squalid conditions out of fear that the landlord will retaliate with a rent rise or eviction,” said Dan Wilson Craw, the director of Generation Rent.

“Councils are in a position to dispel such fears, but too many are failing to take meaningful enforcement action in response to complaints. They must do more to assure private renters whose side they are on.”

The landlords mistreating their tenants could be facing criminal proceedings with fees up to £30.000, this includes overcharging and casting fear on tenants to speak up as they could face retaliation in form of eviction.

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