LONDON: Redbridge Council has signed up to the Mayor of London’s Rogue Landlords and Letting Agents Checker database to ‘name and shame’ the borough’s corrupt landlords. Along with 32 other London boroughs and the City of London, the Council will regularly submit records of successful prosecutions and fines to the online database for public view.
Using Checker, residents and newcomers will be able to report rogue landlords as well as check if a landlord or letting agent of a rental property has been convicted of any housing offences – for absolutely no cost. Cllr Farah Hussain, Cabinet Member for Housing and Homelessness, said, “We are determined to clamp down on rogue landlords and this public database will help us to do just that.
It will provide valuable information to people seeking private rented accommodation in our borough and across London and help to discourage dishonest landlords and make them more responsible.” The Council have already submitted records to the Checker and members of the public can view these on the Mayor of London’s Rogue Landlord and Agent Checker website. Meanwhile, landlords, agents and property providers are invited to a forum run by Redbridge Council on Wednesday 6 June at Redbridge Central Library. Set up to build relationships and help professionalise landlords, the forum is chaired by Richard Blanco, an experienced landlord and London Representative for the National Landlords Association. The group meets quarterly to share knowledge, raise concerns, access development opportunities and gain valuable advice on current policies and new legislation – such as the existing powers that councils have to issue fines of up to £30,000 for an unlicensed house of multiple occupancy.
Cllr Farah Hussain, Cabinet Member for Housing and Homelessness, said, “We are committed to improving housing standards in the private rented sector and have already introduced selective licensing in some wards to ensure good management of properties – a scheme we are looking to extend. The forum is important because it’s a place where landlords can directly speak with us and share knowledge. It also means we can help landlords understand their responsibilities and work together with them to address concerns.” The forum will be held on Wednesday 6 June from 6pm to 8:30pm in the Gloucester Room at Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford IG1 1EA.