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Council and police work together to crack down on rogue landlords

Ashfield District Council has joined forces with police officers in the Sutton area of Nottinghamshire to clampdown on unscrupulous landlords operating locally. 

The council is hoping to reassure residents that they are doing everything possible to prevent unsuitable properties from being rented out in the local area. 

Police and the council’s private sector enforcement officers carried out an operation targeting properties that posed a danger to the occupants.

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The properties in the Outram Street area of Sutton were inspected by Council officers with support from the police. 

Officers uncovered serious risk of fire and electrocution in a family home and over occupation and dangerous electrics in another property.

A further inspection confirmed that a property that had previously been prohibited by the team was in occupation.

Cllr Helen-Ann Smith, deputy leader of the council, commented: “The proactive work from our Private Sector Enforcement team is vital in cracking down on rogue landlords who put their tenants and neighbouring properties at risk.

“We are working closely with our Police colleagues to crack down on those who gamble with people’s lives.  We rely on reports from the public in order to act on crime and this is a great example of just that.

“We will continue to work closely with Nottinghamshire Police wherever possible as we are committed to ensuring our residents feel safe in their community and in their own homes.”

Alongside the inspections, police officers carried out proactive searches for cannabis grows, which take place on a regular basis across the county.

Neighbourhood police sergeant Kate Long said: “We are proud to be working alongside our partners at Ashfield District Council and are dedicated to disrupting drug production and supply in the area.

“It preys on vulnerable people in our society, fuels crime and causes a nuisance to those who live nearby.

“We are working with specialist teams within Nottinghamshire Police such as the dog section and serious and organised crime to conduct a variety of operations.

“We work on intelligence and information from the local community and we act on anything we receive so we encourage residents to call us on 101 about any suspected activity.”

  •  G romit

    ....and when are the police going to cràck down on rogue tenants?

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    did police check on status of tenants?

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    Just wondering: should landlords who not not declare all of some of their profits from their properties to the tax authorities also be called 'rogue landlords'? As I say, just wondering .........

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    Another Rogue Councillor not fit for Office and should resign immediately, it couldn't be plainer total Discrimination against private LL's. Encouraging residents to call 101 about any suspected activity to make trouble for LL's but not offering the same service to LL's when Tenants are unruly, damaging the Property & over crowding the Property to the rafters, no action against occupants, so its a blatant one sided attack on LL's whats worse in my view is involving The Police undermining the credibility of the force who are there to treat everyone equal, shame on you. Why do Councils only ever refer to private LL's as Rogue Landlords ?, do they not know we have been supplying Quality affordable Property to the Private rented Sector for decades while Councils were busy destroying Public Sector Housing when they could do no more damage there they moved on to us. Virtually everything that's wrong with Private Sector Housing was caused by Council / Rogue Regulators including making rents affordable driving costs through the roof with no financial input of their own congratulations.

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