West Lindsey District Council made a number of unannounced inspections of private rental homes in Gainsborough yesterday, supported by police officers, as it stepped up its efforts to clampdown on rogue landlords operating in the local area.
The council used its powers under the Housing Act 2004 to execute warrants at nine properties on Trinity Street in an effort to identify overcrowded accommodation, or homes that are simply in a hazardous and unsafe state.
Officers were on standby ready to rehouse individuals if necessary, carry out on the spot repairs or fit smoke alarms.
“Too often tenants don’t complain about the standards of living accommodation – especially if it’s privately rented for fear of being asked to leave,” said councillor Sheila Bibb, after the council carried out simultaneous inspections.
“Landlords have a responsibility to ensure their properties meet certain standards,” she added. “The Housing Act 2004, gives local authorities powers to make sure that properties are safe and suitable to live in and we will exercise this right when we feel it’s appropriate.”
Bibb said there are a number of “exceptional landlords” operating in the district who provide a “great service” to local residents, but insisted that there is a “small number” who fail to meet their obligations which “will not be tolerated”.
The council will be serving notices and carrying out emergency works to address issues found including some serious fire hazards.