Government cuts to councils have resulted in a threadbare patchwork of enforcement against London’s rogue landlords, according to data obtained by Lib Dem London Assembly Member Stephen Knight.
- A third of councils in London (10 boroughs) failed to prosecute a single landlord for providing unsafe accommodation in 2014/2015.
- A further half of London councils (18) prosecuted fewer than 10 landlords for providing unsafe accommodation in 2014/2015.
- The one London Borough (Newham) with mandatory licensing in place for the entire year of 2014/2015 was responsible for over 70 per cent of all prosecutions in London under the Housing Act (2004).
- There is significant variation in the level of enforcement activity by London boroughs, with some councils inspecting one in 14 private rented properties for hazards, and others only inspecting one in five hundred properties.
Commenting on the results of this survey Stephen Knight AM said:
“60 per cent of renters had experienced either damp, mould, leaking roofs or windows, electrical hazards, animal infestation or gas leaks.
“Against a background of severe budget cuts councils are struggling to find the resources to tackle these issues. My survey demonstrates that where mandatory licensing has been introduced such as in Newham, we see a crackdown on rogue landlords.
“I hope a new Mayor for London will start to take this issue seriously. Only Caroline Pidgeon has the vision and experience necessary to bring about the changes we so desperately need.”