Buy-to-let landlords in Bury now face the prospect of major fines if they are caught providing tenants with unsafe and substandard accommodation.
The move has been agreed by Bury Council’s cabinet, which means sanctions of up to £30,000 could be imposed on those who put their tenants at risk by refusing to comply with certain Housing Act offences and not carrying out works to their properties to ensure their tenants’ safety.
Cllr Clare Cummins, cabinet member for housing services, commented: “The majority of landlords are responsible people and play fair with their tenants. However, there will always be some who do not follow the rules and even put their tenants at risk.
“This gives us an extra sanction to take in the worst cases without having to go through lengthy court proceedings.”