The London Mayor is set to ‘name and shame’ criminal landlords and letting agents who exploit their tenants, it has been revealed.
The brand new database that is partnered with the London Borough Councils will list all the landlords who have been successful prosecuted for housing offences in order to give Londoners faith about renting in the capital. It is set to launch this autumn.
This new service to be published on the Mayor's website could protect around two million renters in London. He hopes that this website will deter landlords and agents who behave deceivingly.
The database will be host to information from six boroughs: Newham, Camden, Kingston, Brent, Southwark and Sutton. Other councils set to join following the launch.
He has also unveiled plans for a new Homes for Londoners portal on the City Hall website to create one place where residents can find affordable homes to buy and rent in the capital
Sadiq Khan said: “I refuse to stand by as thousands of Londoners suffer sky-high rents and horrendous living conditions in a city they call home.
“Today I have seen first-hand the abysmal conditions that some of London’s private renters are forced to endure as a result of rogue landlords. I want to be clear that the vast majority of landlords treat renters well – but a minority are exploiting their tenants and it’s simply unacceptable. This must stop now.”
As well as this, the Mayor announced that he was part of a criminal landlord enforcement raid in Newham earlier today as part of the council’s borough-wide licensing scheme for private rented properties. Since 2013, Newham Council have been very successful in tackling criminal landlords, having prosecuted over a thousand criminal landlords, resulting in 28 bans from operation.
This scheme is set to expire in December and the Mayor has written to the government to support its renewal.
Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham, said: “I am proud that Newham is responsible for 70 per cent of all criminal landlord prosecutions across London and we are determined to continue to tackle the scandal of sub-standard and dangerous accommodation, illegal evictions and extortionate rent rises.”