New funding to target criminal landlords

August 24 2017

BRISTOL City Council has been given additional funding to target criminal landlords and help protect tenants in Redland and Cotham and across the city.

BRISTOL City Council has been given additional funding to target criminal landlords and help protect tenants in Redland and Cotham and across the city.

The Home Office has given the council £321,750 from the Controlling Migration Fund to help drive up standards in the private rented sector over the next two years. 

Migrants are over-represented in the private rented sector in Bristol, particularly in properties in poor condition. 

 The council now plans to use the government funding to conduct intelligence work to identify and target rogue landlords in the city, and to take enforcement action where necessary.

 The council investigates unsafe houses and flats every day, but usually it relies upon tenants reporting poor conditions. 

The council is now actively encouraging tenants to come forward if they have concerns about the conditions of their rented properties, which they have not been able to resolve with their landlord. 

Councillor Paul Smith, Cabinet Member for Homes, said: “Across the city people are finding it increasingly difficult to access decent, affordable homes.  

 “In Bristol we are working hard to tackle criminal landlords and through this extra funding, we expect to see a reduction in the number of these criminal landlords letting out poor quality accommodation and exploiting tenants.” 

The officers will work to identify properties where there are likely to be high levels of exploitation and trafficking and carry out proactive inspections of these premises, using powers of entry to gain access to all dwellings. 

To report a landlord or rented property, call in confidence: 0117 352 5010 during office hours.