A Labour-controlled local authority with a reputation for clampdowns on rogue landyhas issued a statement celebrating its successes.
Tower Hamlets council in east London says it has brought 57 successful prosecutions against landlords and letting agents in the past three years.
Courts issued fines totalling over £361,662, of which £115,461 were handed to landlords and £225,500 to letting agents.
Thirteen landlords were given a criminal caution and 12 received civil penalties totalling £76,661.
Crimes included renting out unlicensed properties, failing to carry out required improvements and charging hidden fees.
The largest single fine was £167,000, given to Sterling De Vere agency for giving false information to clients. It was also successfully prosecuted for two other offences under the Housing Act 2004 and fined £16,200.
The council also helped tenants claim back more than £360,000 from rogue landlords in 2020-21.
The money was recovered using rent repayment orders that allow the council and tenants to get back up to 12 months’ rent from landlords who fail to license properties when they are required to do so.
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, says: “With one third of properties in Tower Hamlets on the private market we’re taking steps to protect renters’ rights. We are using our enforcement powers to clamp down on landlords who are putting profits above their tenants.”
The council operates the Mandatory Licensing Scheme (for properties with five renters or more), the Additional Licensing Scheme (three or more renters) and the Selective Licensing Scheme.
Want to comment on this story? If so...if any post is considered to victimise, harass, degrade or intimidate an individual or group of individuals on any basis, then the post may be deleted and the individual immediately banned from posting in future.