Crackdown on rogue landlords


A CAMPAIGN has been launched to crack down on landlords who are ignoring their responsibilities and causing misery to local families.

Hastings Borough Council has signed up to the Evict Rogue Landlords initiative run by Shelter to tackle those who exploit their tenants or fail to maintain their properties, and is recruiting a dedicated liaison officer with a grant received through the Rogue Landlord Project.

Councillor Kim Forward, the council’s lead member for housing and community services, said: “While we have many good landlords in our area, we also know that a small minority of landlords continue to let homes that a poorly maintained and managed.

“Such landlords exploit tenants, cause distress, and in some cases put lives at risk. Everyone has a right to a decent home and we aim to stamp out rogue landlords in Hastings and St Leonards and by joining Shelter’s Evict Rogue Landlords campaign we are committing to take tough action against the worst offenders.

“We want to work with responsible landlords to drive up the overall quality of our private rented sector and are recruiting a landlord and tenant liaison officer who, as an integral part of the Rogue Landlord Project will be there to provide support for landlords and tenants. They will also be charged with taking action where appropriate to deal with issues such as harassment or illegal eviction. This post has been made possible through our recent successful bid for resources to the Department of Communities and Local Government.

“The project will run for two years and will target and help vulnerable people who may be living in poorly maintained and often overcrowded privately rented accommodation.”