Government cash is to be handed to Gedling Borough Council to help them tackle rogue landlords in the borough.
The £40,000 cash award will be used to launch an enforcement project targeting rogue landlords.
Two new dedicated roles will be created with the cash and they will be tasked with targeting rogue landlords in the borough and taking appropriate enforcement action. They will also be available to advise tenants on their housing rights.
Back in 2018, the council launched its Selective Licencing Scheme in Netherfield. Selective Licencing can be applied in areas where there is deprivation, high levels of anti-social behaviour, high levels of crime, high levels of migration and poor housing conditions. The licencing gives the council’s Environmental Health team powers to do more when landlords are not taking steps to deal with issues relating to property standards. The funding will also be used to target landlords operating without licences.
One of the council’s key priorities is to promote healthy lifestyles in the borough: the Selective Licencing scheme aims to improve residents’ health and wellbeing and reduce inequalities in living standards.
Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke said: “We’re very pleased to have been successful with a bid for extra funding to target rogue landlords in the borough.
“Most landlords are law abiding business operators but, unfortunately, there’s a small number who are not. We will be working with Nottinghamshire Police to target these landlords and make sure that residents are aware of their rights.
“Our rollout of the Selective Licencing scheme in Netherfield has been very successful in improving the living standards for tenants and exposing landlords who are cutting corners.”