A Midlands council says it’s sent thousands of letters to landlords in the last 12 months in response to complaints from tenants.
Nottingham council says it dealt with 2,103 requests for help from people living in private rented housing in the last year.
Some 3,033 letters and legal notices were sent to landlords and 61 formal warning notices were issued between April 2020 and March 2021.
In the last three years, since January 2018, the council has issued 59 Civil Penalty Notices and 16 cases have gone to court for prosecution.
Many of these relate to landlords failing to apply for a Selective, Mandatory or Additional Housing Licence and many include sub-standard housing conditions.
The council - in an annual report made public this week - claims stand-out activities in the past year include:
- five properties had emergency works completed to make them safe or where emergency works could not be done the property was shut down;
- eighteen properties were served with Improvement notices asking for works to be done to reduce or remove hazards such as no smoke alarms;
- thirty one notices were served to deal with nuisance issues or health risks such as lack of hot water;
- emergency measures were taken to deal with one dangerous building;
- eleven notices were served to deal with public health issues such as blocked drains;
- four notices were served to deal with pests or to deal with lots of rubbish that may attract pests.
A council spokeswoman says: “We know that most landlords in the city are decent landlords and want to rent out properties at a good standard. However, there are still properties that lag behind and have serious safety issues that need to be addressed.
“The council’s housing licensing schemes are there to help maintain or improve property standards, and as the action we’ve taken throughout the pandemic shows, we are helping to do just that. We will take action against those landlords who do not improve their homes or fail to work with us to make sure their property is licensed.
“Every tenant deserves to live in a clean and safe home and leaseholders shouldn’t have to foot the bill for the costs of basic safety works. We will continue to work with landlords to help them physically improve their properties, but also to make them more aware of their legal obligations as landlords and ensure they comply with certain licence conditions.”
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