Tackling private rogue landlords – Bromley Council opt out of database

Posted on Posted in My Beckenham

Just before Christmas a new London database was launched providing details of landlords and letting agents who have been successfully prosecuted for housing offences.  It will help give Londoners greater confidence in privately renting a home by allowing them to check a prospective landlord or letting agent.

Currently it only receives information from 10 Boroughs (Brent, Camden, Greenwich, Islington, Kingston, Newham, Southwark, Sutton, Waltham Forest, Westminster) and a further eight Boroughs are committed to joining. However, you have guessed it…. Bromley Council have no plans to join!

So why doesn’t the Council want to join a London wide scheme supported by the Mayor of London that names and shames unscrupulous private landlords and letting agents to protect residents that rent privately?

Perhaps it is because Bromley Council do not have much to contribute to the database as they do not undertake much enforcement activity for privately rented flats. The following abridged table below shows how Bromley compares with other councils (the full table can be found in ROGUE LANDLORDS IN LONDON: A survey of local authority enforcement in the private rented sector Lib Dem GLA Member Caroline Pidgeon).

My Beckenham believe that local people that rent privately deserve as much protection as possible.  Also, council tax payers, whose money is being spent on housing benefit to private landlords, want to know their money is being spent on decent homes.  We also think that as the number of rented properties in the increases Bromley Council need to undertake commensurate inspections and enforcement as required. Councils have extensive powers to protect private renters. Bromley Council must start to use them.

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