MP backs plans to tackle ‘rogue landlords’

First published in News

PLANS to make it easier for councils to tackle rogue private sector landlords have won the backing of Bolton South East MP Yasmin Qureshi, pictured.

Labour recently announced it would introduce a national register of landlords and grant local authorities greater powers to root out and strike off rogue landlords.

There would also be a system for people to take action when a lettings agent has ripped them off, as there is for estate agents.

The party claims that with fewer houses being built, more people are having to rent their homes privately, including more than one million families with children, which it said has led to a rise in problems associated with renting.

But while estate agents can be banned for bad practice, lettings agents are not subject to the same stringent complaints procedures.

Ms Qureshi said: “Everybody dreams of being able to own their own home but this is becoming more and more difficult thanks to this out-of-touch government.

“I think these policies could make a real difference to people who feel trapped and exploited at having to rent homes from rogue landlords and unscrupulous agencies.”

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2:44pm Mon 21 Jan 13

boltonnut says...

Ms.Qureshi,people should stop dreaming and get off their backsides,get a job,buy your own house.Don't blame the other lot neither,your lots just as bad.By the way you know what they do with rogue elephants don't you?BANG.
Ms.Qureshi,people should stop dreaming and get off their backsides,get a job,buy your own house.Don't blame the other lot neither,your lots just as bad.By the way you know what they do with rogue elephants don't you?BANG. boltonnut
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7:34pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Citizen Cane says...

How about dealing with rogue social housing tenants in the same manner?
How about dealing with rogue social housing tenants in the same manner? Citizen Cane
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9:04pm Mon 21 Jan 13

DanielThompson says...

I was scammed by a rouge landlord so i appreciate the awareness by Yasmin Qureshi of this issue. I found a site the other day where if you've had a bad rental experience you can share it, its called flatchecker.
I was scammed by a rouge landlord so i appreciate the awareness by Yasmin Qureshi of this issue. I found a site the other day where if you've had a bad rental experience you can share it, its called flatchecker. DanielThompson
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