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Rogue Newham landlords ‘name and shamed’ in database launched by Mayor of London

PUBLISHED: 06:00 21 December 2017

There will now be two PCs and one PCSO in every London ward. Picture: PA.

There will now be two PCs and one PCSO in every London ward. Picture: PA.

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Dodgy landlords in Newham are named and shamed on a database for private renters launched by the Mayor of London.

Sir Robin Wales is the mayor of Newham. Picture by Ellie HoskinsSir Robin Wales is the mayor of Newham. Picture by Ellie Hoskins

The country’s first ever ‘Rogue Landlord and Agent Checker’ lists landlords and lettings agents that have been convicted or had successful civil action taken against them for housing offences.

The database officially went live this week following an election pledge by Sadiq Khan to tackle landlords who act illegally.

More than 600,000 renters can use the database to check for culprits in Newham and nine other boroughs in London: Brent, Camden, Greenwich, Islington, Kingston, Southwark, Sutton, Waltham Forest and Westminster.

Tenants can also use the database to report landlords they suspect of unscrupulous practices, and use it to obtain free and independent service for resolving disputes with their landlords.

Mr Khan, said: “The housing market in London is difficult enough for Londoners to navigate, without those landlords and letting agents who behave unscrupulously leaving tenants living in appalling conditions, despite often paying sky-high rents. I promised to do everything within my powers to help Londoners facing this problem – I will not stand by while they are exploited.”

Newham was the first borough in the country to introduce mandatory licensing in the private rental sector and a rating system for letting agents in the borough.

Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham, said: “We welcome the Mayor of London’s scheme. His database, alongside our licensing scheme which was recently renewed by the Government, will play a key role in helping to improve the sector. We look forward to working with him, and other London boroughs to make the Capital a no-go area for criminal landlords and poor letting agents by improving the quality of homes being offered by them.

“Newham is responsible 60 per cent of all prosecutions of criminal landlords in London, more than any other borough.

“We are determined to continue to tackle the scandal of sub-standard and dangerous accommodation, illegal evictions and extortionate rent rises.

Barking and Dagenham, Croydon, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Lewisham, Redbridge and Tower Hamlets have agreed to submit records for the database in the next few weeks.

To view the database visit london.gov.uk/rogue-landlord-checker.

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