THE BOROUGH council’s fight against rogue landlords who flout the law has been given a £200,000 shot in the arm.
The Minister for Housing Kris Hopkins granted the funds to help the council improve the provision of privately supplied housing in the community.
Hastings MP Amber Rudd applied for the funding along with the borough council.
She said: “This money will help root out criminal landlords and promote the ones who work hard, play by the rules and offer a vital service in Hastings providing high quality accommodation. We only want landlords who provide high quality accommodation in our town for anybody who needs it and these funds will enable the council to work closely with landlords to provide it.
“Improved housing quality is an important part of improved circumstances for everyone, no matter how little or how much they have.”
Borough council spokesman Kevin Boorman said: “The extra resources will enable us to enhance dedicated enforcement action against rogue landlords who flout the law in the St Leonards renewal area and other hotspots across the town.
“It will also enable the council to provide additional support to the many responsible landlords in the town by piloting a dedicated private sector tenant and landlord service which will work with both landlords and tenants. This will provide advice and assistance, preventing or dealing with disputes without either side having to go to court. Our aim is to support good landlords while taking the very toughest action against those who ignore legislation.”