Ten­ants urged to re­port rogue land­lords

Bristol Post - - NEWS -

TEN­ANTS across North Som­er­set are be­ing en­cour­aged to help im­prove hous­ing stan­dards in the pri­vate rented sec­tor by re­port­ing rogue land­lords on­line.

A new re­port­ing form is avail­able on the coun­cil’s web­site at www.n-som­er­set.gov.uk/rogue­land­lord which any­one can use to re­port con­cerns about the be­hav­iour of a land­lord or let­ting agent, or about a rented prop­erty.

Other con­cerns that can be re­ported in­clude over­crowd­ing, anti-so­cial be­hav­iour or il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties at a pri­vately rented prop­erty. Peo­ple can also re­port is­sues about poor let­ting prac­tices such as no ten­ancy pa­per­work or poor re­sponses to re­pair re­quests.

Re­ports can also be made about un­li­censed houses of mul­ti­ple oc­cu­pa­tion or HMO’s.

North Som­er­set Coun­cil ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber for hous­ing Coun­cil­lor El­fan Ap Rees said: “We know many land­lords pro­vide pri­vately rented ac­com­mo­da­tion of a high qual­ity. How­ever, some land­lords do very lit­tle to main­tain and im­prove their prop­er­ties.

“Poor hous­ing con­di­tions can im­pact on ten­ants’ health and well­be­ing, and also af­fects the wider com­mu­nity.

“Ten­ants can some­times be reluc­tant to com­plain be­cause they’re afraid they might get evicted if they do. This new on­line form al­lows any­one from the lo­cal com­mu­nity to re­port their con­cerns and help us con­tinue to im­prove prop­erty stan­dards in the pri­vate rented sec­tor.”

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