Southwark council are one of the first six London councils to have named and shamed rogue landlords and agents, for City Hall’s new landlord and agent checker, which launched this week.
The GLA’s Checker makes publicly available a list of private landlords and agents who have been successfully prosecuted by local authorities for jeopardising private tenants’ health, safety and welfare and/or failing to adhere to landlord legislation.
This empowers private tenants, who can now investigate their landlord before securing a property. The checker also enables private tenants to quickly and easily raise a complaint about a bad landlord with their local council.
“Southwark are very much ahead of the curve when it comes to identifying and prosecuting bad landlords” said a council spokesperson.
“The council have successfully prosecuted eight landlords this year, the latest being a case that was heard last week. “We also succeeded in securing a jail sentence for another particularly irresponsible landlord.
“We have recently stepped up our already highly evolved campaign to uncover and prosecute rogue landlords.
“New, monthly door knocking sessions mean that officers are now regularly talking to residents and inviting them to help identify bad landlords.
“265 potentially unlicensed premises were uncovered during a recent session in Camberwell.
“The council have operated a landlord licensing scheme from January 2016 which means that private landlords face prosecution if they fail to secure a license for their property/properties” the spokesperson explained.. “The council also prosecutes bad landlords and for proceeds of crime.”
Newham, Brent, Camden, Kingston and Sutton are the other five boroughs taking part so far.
Cllr Barrie Hargrove, Southwark’s cabinet member for communities and safety, said: “Southwark council introduced private rented property licensing in January 2016. “We have continued to actively pursue and prosecute bad landlords, whilst supporting willing, compliant legitimate landlords.
“This new rogue landlord and agent checker will help tenants to report bad landlords and help them make informed decisions when considering a new landlord, or agent. “This is another great step towards achieving a good standard of private rented housing in Southwark.” (Source: Southwark council press release)