Boost to tackling poor quality housing


Work by North Somerset Council to tackle poor quality housing in the private rented sector has received a boost following a successful funding bid.

More than 100 councils will share £4m from a fund to tackle poor standards in the private rented sector. North Somerset Council has received almost £9,000 from the government’s Private Rented Sector Innovation and Enforcement Fund which was set up to support projects which take effective and targeted action against criminal landlords, support good landlords in fulfilling their responsibilities and empower tenants to make good use of their rights.

The money will be used by the council’s Private Rented Sector Housing team to continue their work to tackle poor quality privately rented housing and improve standards, particularly in the action area declared by the council in central Weston-super-Mare, supporting the regeneration of the area. It will also be used to help support good landlords through the local Landlord Accreditation Scheme operated by the National Landlords Code of Excellence.

Leader of North Somerset Council Cllr Don Davies, whose portfolio includes housing, said: “Many landlords provide quality rental accommodation, but there are some rogue landlords who do little to maintain their properties. No one should have to pay to live in a property that is unsafe, cold or in a state of disrepair.

“Our message for landlords is very clear – make sure the accommodation you provide is safe and well managed and join an accreditation scheme. We will not hesitate to take enforcement action where landlords or agents fail to live up to their responsibilities. This is one area where the action we take can really make a difference and help reduce inequalities.”

The council provides support and information for landlords and tenants which can be found at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/housing.

More information about landlord accreditation is available at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/landlordaccreditation.

Anyone can report concerns about a rogue landlord, letting agent or a rented property at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/roguelandlord.