The Generation Rent campaign says a mandatory landlord register is necessary - and would have stopped the actions of a rogue landlord who has now been banned for life from letting property again.
In recent days the group tweeted that it was always good to see a criminal get banned from letting a property; accompanying the post was a link to a story about a London landlord who unlawfully let cramped and overcrowded bedsits and then harassed tenants who complained.
He has been fined thousands of pounds and warned he’ll be jailed if he tries to let other properties.
The Generation Rent tweet about the story goes on to claim: “If we had a register of landlords it would be possible to stop these scams before they hurt tenants.”
It goes on to urge the campaign’s supporters to sign a new online petition calling for a mandatory national landlord register.
Generation Rent says: “Right now, nobody knows who owns the 4.5m private rented homes in England. It means thousands of us are living in homes that might not have had the right safety checks.
“The number of us living in private rented homes has grown fast. You don't have to pass a test to become a landlord - all you need is a spare property.
“Most landlords are small scale operators - 83 per cent have four or fewer properties - and most of those are not part of professional industry bodies or accreditation schemes that can give them support to rent safely.
“That's why we're calling for a national landlord register. It would mean landlords would have to meet certain standards before renting out homes. And renters could check up on their landlord before signing a contract and have somewhere to turn if they're mistreated.
“If all landlords were required to register with a government body, then checks could be made that they were meeting minimum standards.”
You can see Landlord Today's coverage of the case in question here.
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