Torbay Mayor approves £100,000 purge on rogue landlords
TORBAY Mayor Gordon Oliver has approved £100,000 to target bad landlords in the Bay.
Mr Oliver recently held talks with councillors and various community representatives when concerns were expressed on issues surrounding bad landlords and associated anti-social behaviour.
Now the Mayor has approved the allocation of money that will be made available for the council's Community Safety Department, working with partner agencies, to undertake targeted enforcement across the rented housing sector in Torbay to improve standards of accommodation.
Mr Oliver said: "Torbay is reliant on the rented sector, but unfortunately a small proportion of landlords fail to meet their basic responsibilities, targeting vulnerable people and housing them in poor quality accommodation.
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"The money I have agreed to allocate helps to address concerns identified in the Overview and Scrutiny report on housing and anti-social behaviour.
"I wish to emphasise that the vast majority of landlords are good landlords who accept their responsibilities properly and look after their tenants, who in turn have a duty to be responsible tenants.
"It is the minority of bad landlords, including some social landlords, that we are targeting.
"I have been pleased to hold discussions with members of the community, landlords and other agencies, with the result that this area of work has been given a higher priority.
"This is a multi-agency initiative, including the police, the health service, the legal department and housing benefits.
"We will be having another meeting in October when the new proposals for allocating resources will be presented, with a view to the new way of working being in place by Christmas."
Properties will be proactively prioritised for enforcement activity across the Bay. This work will be assessed on strong and robust criteria, and from information on complaints and intelligence obtained from Torbay Council's Community Safety Department and wider partnership.