Newham Council’s pioneering work in tackling rogue private sector landlords has been recognised by the Government who have awarded the council £1 million to help build on its success.
The council successfully applied for funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government to develop its enforcement work. The £1.028m awarded is the biggest amount to any local authority in the country.
Since property licensing was introduced, 1,997 enforcement visits have been completed on unlicensed properties, 5,078 warning letters have been sent out and 82 cautions have been issued for first time offences. In addition to this, the council is seeking to prosecute 134 landlords under the Housing Act for various offences. The highest fine so far has been £12k and at least three notorious portfolio landlords have been refused licences for over 100 properties
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