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Gedling Borough Council gets fnding to crack down on rogue landlords

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£40,000 grant will be used to launch an enforcement project targeting rogue landlords.

Gedling Borough Council is to take further steps to improve the living standards of residents by targetting criminal landlords and letting agents. The council will use £40,000 funding provided by central government to create two posts whose role will be to target rogue landlords and take appropriate enforcement action. The team will also work closely with Nottinghamshire Police on joint operations to address modern slavery, serious organised crime and child sexual exploitation.

The majority of landlords provide decent homes for their tenants, but a small minority persist in breaking the law, making tenants’ lives a misery by offering inadequate or unsafe housing. The new funding will be used to take enforcement action against these landlords and advise tenants of their housing rights.

In 2018, the council launched its Selective Licensing Scheme in Netherfield. Selective Licensing 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 licensing 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 Licensing scheme aims to improve residents’ health and wellbeing and reduce inequalities in living standards.
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Bob Vaughan-Newton (NHW, MSA, Gedling North)

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