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Funding Achieved To Tackle Rogue Landlords In Bournemouth And Poole

More than £130,000 has been allocated to Bournemouth Council and Borough of Poole to support the Councils’ joint work to tackle rogue landlords in the area.

£134,000 of government funding has been awarded following a successful joint bid by the two Councils to help fund specific work, targeting landlords who poorly manage their properties and to help protect vulnerable tenants when renting properties.

Councillor Robert Lawton, Bournemouth Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “More needs to be done to clamp down on those landlords that are known to be operating across the area, who are sub-letting poorly managed and often overcrowded properties to vulnerable tenants and foreign nationals.

“This successful bid will mean that we can increase our targeted work to raise standards in the private rented sector and where necessary we will prosecute those landlords flouting the law.”

The funding will be used to:

·        Gather further intelligence on the rogue landlords to determine how they are operating.

·        Take action against those landlords whose properties are poorly managed in terms of property conditions and where landlords treat tenants badly such as illegal evictions or not returning deposits.

·        Taking robust formal action, including prosecuting the worst landlords to improve conditions for tenants. 

·        Raise awareness of how tenants can access support and advice about their rights when renting a property and encourage those who might be afraid to complain, to seek help.

Councillor Karen Rampton, Portfolio Holder for Health, Well-being and Housing, Borough of Poole, said; “Landlords that are acting in this way are exploiting vulnerable tenants who are unaware of their rights. This funding will provide additional resources to help fully investigate these complex cases enabling us to prosecute the worst offenders. Action such as this will help promote awareness for vulnerable tenants and their rights and also send out a warning to other landlords who think it is acceptable to operate in this way.”

Poole tenants concerned about the condition or management of their rented home can call 01202 633995 or email private.sectorhousing@poole.gov.uk for advice

For other housing advice including illegal evictions and withheld deposits, tenants can call Shelter’s Advice Line on 08445 151401 or Borough of Poole 01202 633804 and ask for Housing Options.