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Fresh online support for councils to crackdown on rogue landlords

Fresh guidance for local authorities to crackdown on rogue landlords has been unveiled by housing minister Heather Wheeler.

Local authorities across the country are set to receive a new package of online support as part of the government’s commitment to give greater protection to tenants, and reform the PRS.

Two new guidance documents have been published - one for local authority enforcement practitioners and another for tenants and landlords, signalling the latest step in the government clampdown on the small minority of rogue landlords who exploit tenants for their own gains.

The new support from MHCLG includes an easy to navigate digital enforcement package with online learning modules for those officers who were unable to attend the national programme.

The guide for tenants and landlords brings together the rights and responsibilities of each, provides links to in depth guidance on legislation and complements previous steps by the government to support those in the PRS, including through the How to Let and How to Rent guides.

Housing Minister Heather Wheeler MP commented: “This package of support for those working on the frontline of the private rented sector will ensure they are fully equipped to make use of any new powers which can improve the lives of tenants trapped in poor quality accommodation.

“This, along with our further guidance for tenants and landlords on their rights and responsibilities, builds on the ongoing work which sets out to make renting fairer and more accessible for all whilst also ensuring that everyone has a home which is safe and secure.”

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