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Landlords ‘taken to task’ and banned from renting out homes

Nine private landlords have been banned from letting out homes in the Govanhill area of Glasgow after being found unfit to rent out properties. 

The bans came about as a consequence of an Enhanced Enforcement Area (EEA) in Govanhill, initially established in four blocks in September 2015 through the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014, which gives Glasgow City Council special powers to crack down on any rogue landlords operating within the designated area.

The landlords now face criminal prosecution and fines of up to £50,000 if they attempt to let their property.

One landlord was renting out a property that was unfit for human habitation, including faulty electrics, no hot water, a broken toilet and holes in the floor, while the other eight landlords with property within the EEA all failed to provide a range of certification that includes an enhanced criminal record check, buildings insurances, energy performance, gas safety and confirmation that tenants received tenant information packs.

Councillor Mhairi Hunter said: “The EEA means the council has the right to demand high standards from landlords working in Govanhill, otherwise they will ultimately be taken to task.

“But the EEA has also provided a platform for better overall engagement with landlords and that has led directly to a substantial improvement in housing conditions, a big increase in the number of closes being factored and a drop in anti-social behaviour.”

The EEA is due to be rolled out across a further 14 blocks in south west Govanhill.

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