Rogue landlords in Milton Keynes are being put on notice as the local council announces a new ‘tough approach’, including the use of banning orders and fines of up to £30,000 for anybody who breaches a banning order.
The Labour-led administration has pledged to take action to stamp out overcrowding and improve standards for those renting in the private sector.
The council is particularly keen to clamp down on landlords who operate HMOs badly, fail to comply with Improvement notices, have overcrowded property and seek to dispose of property prohibited for sale.
Cllr Nigel Long, cabinet member for adult social care and housing, said: “We have a problem with some private landlords in Milton Keynes.
“I believe that the council should use new measures available under the law to tackle these rogue landlords. They own some of worst maintained homes in Milton Keynes and are a major cause of homelessness locally.”
He added: “We are committed to using the new powers of banning orders and fines to tackle rouge landlords and letting agents. We want to work with good private landlords but are committed to dealing with the bad ones who have no place in our new city.”