Calls For A Clamp Down On Rogue Landlords In Weymouth And Portland
7:11am 11th September 2014
(Updated 10:03am 16th September 2014)
There could be a clamp down on bad landlords in Weymouth and Portland.
That's the aim of the Labour group who want their council to adopt the 'Evict Rogue Landlords' campaign launched by housing charity Shelter.
It's being discussed at full council today.
Shelter believe local authorities must do more to bring rogue landlords to justice. The charity is asking councils to commit to making full use of their powers to enforce existing laws by proactively inspecting properties to ensure they are appropriate homes for renters, giving renters the support they need to bring complaints to the council and ensuring landlords who fail to comply with the law are prosecuted.
Councillor Penny McCarthy told Wessex FM more than 100 councils from across the political spectrum have signed up, and she's calling on opposition councillors to leave party politics aside and consider what's best for tenants.
She says they want to use the good practices developed by good landlords locally and encourage them to join their scheme, while warning those who don't look after their tenants that 'the council means business'.