Corby Council takes on rogue landlords

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Corby Council is adding its support to Shelter’s national campaign to tackle rogue landlords.

The housing and homelessness charity is calling on local authorities across the country to take a tough stance against rogue landlords operating in their areas.

By signing up to the campaign, the borough council is committing to using all the tools at its disposal to crack down on landlords who are ignoring their responsibilities and causing misery to local families.

In a recent case, the council successfully had its decision to serve an emergency prohibition order on a rogue landlord upheld after he had failed to manage his property in Oakley Road, Corby.

The order was upheld against Leslie Winspear of Hurbut Road, Battersea, at a residential property tribunal.

Mr Winspear was renting out the property to tenants who were found to be living with no hot water or central heating, electrical hazards and a ground floor toilet leaking foul water.

After investigating, Corby Council addressed the situation with the landlord informally to allow him to get the works completed within the property.

After Mr Winspear failed to get the work done and with conditions getting worse, he was issued with the emergency prohibition order to close down the property in December last year.

Mr Winspear appealed against the order and the residential property tribunal varied the terms of it on appeal. This meant that the property remained closed until the category 1 hazards of excess cold and electrical hazards were remedied.

Corby Council’s lead member for environment, Cllr Paul Beattie, said: “We are very pleased to be able to support Shelter’s national campaign. We have always taken action against rogue landlords that fail to ensure their properties are in an acceptable condition and hopefully this will reinforce the message.

“We will always try to work with landlords in the first instance but will not accept families being left in improper and in some cases dangerous properties.”

Campbell Robb, Shelter’s chief executive, said: “We are pleased to hear that Corby Council is committing to firm action against rogue landlords operating in their area. Every day at Shelter we see the devastating impact rogue landlords have on people’s lives, and we’ve been campaigning to urge government and councils to crack down on this small but highly dangerous minority who make people’s lives a misery.

“We urge other councils to follow Corby Council’s lead and do everything in their power to crack down on the worst offenders in their area and stamp out rogue landlords for good.”