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Renters in Gedling could get access to rogue landlords database

Renters in Gedling borough will soon be able access a rogue landlord database to help them choose where to live.

A list of dodgy landlords and property agents was first introduced in April 2018 but at the moment only local authorities can view it. Now the public could get access under government plans.

It includes those who have been banned for failing to make a property habitable, or have been convicted of serious offences.

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“This database has the potential to ensure that poor quality homes across the country are improved and the worst landlords are banned, and it is right that we unlock this crucial information for new and prospective tenants,” said Communities Secretary James Brokenshire.

“Landlords should be in no doubt that they must provide decent homes or face the consequences.”

Polly Neate, chief executive of housing charity Shelter, said: “We welcome government plans that would stop private renters unwittingly agreeing to rental contracts with rogue or criminal landlords.

“Having access to a public database will offer renters a better chance of protecting themselves and their family.”

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