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Government launches online support for rogue landlord crackdown

Housing Minister Heather Wheeler has announced online support for local authorities tackling rogue landlords.

Two new guidance documents, one for local authority enforcement practitioners and the other for tenants and landlords, have been published as part of the government’s commitment to give greater protection to tenants, and reform the private rented sector.

Local authority enforcement officers play a crucial role in making sure people in rented accommodation have somewhere safe and secure to live. The guidance helps those responsible for protecting tenants to use the powers available to them to maximum effect.

The new support includes a digital enforcement package with online learning modules for those officers who were unable to attend the national programme.

The guide for tenants and landlords brings together the rights and responsibilities of each, and provides links to in-depth guidance on legislation. It aims to complement previous steps by the government to support those in the private rented sector, including the “How to let” and “How to rent” guides.

Housing minister Heather Wheeler MP says: “This package of support for those working on the frontline of the private rented sector will ensure they are fully equipped to make use of any new powers which can improve the lives of tenants trapped in poor quality accommodation.

“This, along with our further guidance for tenants and landlords on their rights and responsibilities, builds on the ongoing work which sets out to make renting fairer and more accessible for all whilst also ensuring that everyone has a home which is safe and secure.”

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