Complaints about Landlords Rise
12:20am 7th October 2012
Complaints about rogue landlords in Dorset have risen dramatically in the past four years, a report by the charity Shelter has revealed.
In that time over 400 complaints were made in Weymouth and Portland but no prosecutions have been successful.
Last year only 25 successful prosecutions were carried out in the entire South West.
The number of complaints made to local authorities has increased by 32% in the last three years, with over 5,000 complaints made in total over the past year alone.
And Campbell Robb, Shelter chief exec, said he believes the numbers are probably higher. "Some local authorities don't keep records of complaints and tenants often hold back from complaining out of fear of the consequences or because they don't believe their voices will be heard, even though such a high proportion of complaints is about life-threatening issues."
He added: "Every day at Shelter we see the devastating impact these landlords have on people's health and wellbeing. In the South West there could be thousands more victims of these operators, trapped in homes that cause misery and, in some cases, put lives at risk."