Bolton Council gets £56,000 to tackle rogue landlords

Cllr Nick Peel

Cllr Nick Peel

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BOLTON Council has received a boost of £56,000 to help tackle rogue landlords who rip off their tenants.

The authority is one of just 23 councils in Britain to receive a share of £4 million, which will go towards rooting out landlords who force their tenants to live in squalid and dangerous properties.

The funding is one of several measures announced by the Department for Communities and Local Government to try and ensure people get a better deal when they rent a home.

They hope to tackle issues including overcrowding and “beds in sheds” — where landlords illegally rent out outhouses as living quarters — which can have a knock-on effect for the surrounding community of increased noise, poor sanitation and anti-social behaviour.

Cllr Nick Peel, Bolton Council’s lead member for environmental services which covers housing, said the news was welcome but comes against the backdrop of cuts to local government. He said: “It isn’t a lot of money, £56,000, and the council has lost a lot of money over the past couple of years — and when we lose money for the budget, we are able to do less.

“This money will help us to continue the work that we do on a day to day basis, which is working with landlords to improve conditions and to take legal action against them where appropriate.

“We have a good relationship with most landlords, but the council does have a number of ways to come down hard on the minority of landlords that we have problems with.

“They are intricate and detailed cases, that take time and effort to work through, and this money will help with that.”

Housing minister MP Kris Hopkins said he hoped the funding would raise the standard of rented accommodation across the country.

He said: “The majority of tenants are happy with their home, but the private rental market is still afflicted by too many unscrupulous Scrooges — miserly landlords who rent dangerous, dirty and overcrowded properties without a thought for the welfare of their tenants.

“Today’s measures will continue our progress, ensuring tenants know what level of service they can expect and, if things do go wrong, giving them the confidence to get help and take action.”

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11:55am Sat 4 Jan 14

lv8151 says...

£4 million has been shared by 23 councils ... an equal split would be about £175,000 .... £56,000 is a half decent amount but as usual Bolton is on the bottom end of the income again
£4 million has been shared by 23 councils ... an equal split would be about £175,000 .... £56,000 is a half decent amount but as usual Bolton is on the bottom end of the income again lv8151
  • Score: -2

12:13pm Sat 4 Jan 14

underwater says...

Thought must also be given to Landlords who find there houses wrecked by tenants . Time and time again I have seen rented houses become filthy squalid dumps, because tenants think Its not mine so I have no need to clean it, or look after it. Responsibility musr be taken by both parties.
Thought must also be given to Landlords who find there houses wrecked by tenants . Time and time again I have seen rented houses become filthy squalid dumps, because tenants think Its not mine so I have no need to clean it, or look after it. Responsibility musr be taken by both parties. underwater
  • Score: 29

12:14pm Sat 4 Jan 14

forward_thinking says...

Landlords "force" their tenants to live in squalid and dangerous properties.

How does that work? Do they drag them off the street and then bolt the doors from the outside? I can understand an unacceptable situation where a landlord is reluctant to carry out a repair to leaks, rising damp etc. and there should be legal remedies to address this, including forcing the tenant to pay where they have damaged the property.

Surely the answer lies somewhere along the lines of inspecting the property before signing a tenancy agreement, and obtaining a written agreement with time scales for any repairs or alterations to be completed with rebate of rent until repairs are completed if not done to schedule/.
Landlords "force" their tenants to live in squalid and dangerous properties. How does that work? Do they drag them off the street and then bolt the doors from the outside? I can understand an unacceptable situation where a landlord is reluctant to carry out a repair to leaks, rising damp etc. and there should be legal remedies to address this, including forcing the tenant to pay where they have damaged the property. Surely the answer lies somewhere along the lines of inspecting the property before signing a tenancy agreement, and obtaining a written agreement with time scales for any repairs or alterations to be completed with rebate of rent until repairs are completed if not done to schedule/. forward_thinking
  • Score: 4

12:31pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Bwfc82 says...

At the end of 2012 and into the start of 2013 I was going through an awful experience with my landlord. I ended up taking my landlord to court and because I was taking him to court he decided to send his son and a car full of Asians threatening me. While I was at home with my daughter. I am single parent and suffering with chronic pain leg and back pain. I took my landlord to court and won but this still left us becoming homeless. I was pleading with mp's and number 10 to do something about these landlords. I told them of a way to deal with this problem and it would only cost around £5k. The Council needs a sort out and start helping folk more.
At the end of 2012 and into the start of 2013 I was going through an awful experience with my landlord. I ended up taking my landlord to court and because I was taking him to court he decided to send his son and a car full of Asians threatening me. While I was at home with my daughter. I am single parent and suffering with chronic pain leg and back pain. I took my landlord to court and won but this still left us becoming homeless. I was pleading with mp's and number 10 to do something about these landlords. I told them of a way to deal with this problem and it would only cost around £5k. The Council needs a sort out and start helping folk more. Bwfc82
  • Score: 5

1:43pm Sat 4 Jan 14

BWFC71 says...

lv8151 wrote:
£4 million has been shared by 23 councils ... an equal split would be about £175,000 .... £56,000 is a half decent amount but as usual Bolton is on the bottom end of the income again
No they ain't! If we were near the bottom then we would have received NOTHING!!! As it is we are one of the top 23 Councils out of 353 councils - that actually received an amount! Thus that means at least 330 councils are lower than us!
[quote][p][bold]lv8151[/bold] wrote: £4 million has been shared by 23 councils ... an equal split would be about £175,000 .... £56,000 is a half decent amount but as usual Bolton is on the bottom end of the income again[/p][/quote]No they ain't! If we were near the bottom then we would have received NOTHING!!! As it is we are one of the top 23 Councils out of 353 councils - that actually received an amount! Thus that means at least 330 councils are lower than us! BWFC71
  • Score: 3

2:04pm Sat 4 Jan 14

thealexweb says...

Bwfc82 wrote:
At the end of 2012 and into the start of 2013 I was going through an awful experience with my landlord. I ended up taking my landlord to court and because I was taking him to court he decided to send his son and a car full of Asians threatening me. While I was at home with my daughter. I am single parent and suffering with chronic pain leg and back pain. I took my landlord to court and won but this still left us becoming homeless. I was pleading with mp's and number 10 to do something about these landlords. I told them of a way to deal with this problem and it would only cost around £5k. The Council needs a sort out and start helping folk more.
If it could be proved the own of the property did send a gang of youths with the intention to threaten and intimidate the owner should on the spot be stripped of the asset and the council should convert it to social housing.
[quote][p][bold]Bwfc82[/bold] wrote: At the end of 2012 and into the start of 2013 I was going through an awful experience with my landlord. I ended up taking my landlord to court and because I was taking him to court he decided to send his son and a car full of Asians threatening me. While I was at home with my daughter. I am single parent and suffering with chronic pain leg and back pain. I took my landlord to court and won but this still left us becoming homeless. I was pleading with mp's and number 10 to do something about these landlords. I told them of a way to deal with this problem and it would only cost around £5k. The Council needs a sort out and start helping folk more.[/p][/quote]If it could be proved the own of the property did send a gang of youths with the intention to threaten and intimidate the owner should on the spot be stripped of the asset and the council should convert it to social housing. thealexweb
  • Score: 9

2:38pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Bwfc82 says...

thealexweb wrote:
Bwfc82 wrote:
At the end of 2012 and into the start of 2013 I was going through an awful experience with my landlord. I ended up taking my landlord to court and because I was taking him to court he decided to send his son and a car full of Asians threatening me. While I was at home with my daughter. I am single parent and suffering with chronic pain leg and back pain. I took my landlord to court and won but this still left us becoming homeless. I was pleading with mp's and number 10 to do something about these landlords. I told them of a way to deal with this problem and it would only cost around £5k. The Council needs a sort out and start helping folk more.
If it could be proved the own of the property did send a gang of youths with the intention to threaten and intimidate the owner should on the spot be stripped of the asset and the council should convert it to social housing.
The council will probably let him rent it out again. It's a disgrace how the council and government let people like that carry on. It's just not fair
[quote][p][bold]thealexweb[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bwfc82[/bold] wrote: At the end of 2012 and into the start of 2013 I was going through an awful experience with my landlord. I ended up taking my landlord to court and because I was taking him to court he decided to send his son and a car full of Asians threatening me. While I was at home with my daughter. I am single parent and suffering with chronic pain leg and back pain. I took my landlord to court and won but this still left us becoming homeless. I was pleading with mp's and number 10 to do something about these landlords. I told them of a way to deal with this problem and it would only cost around £5k. The Council needs a sort out and start helping folk more.[/p][/quote]If it could be proved the own of the property did send a gang of youths with the intention to threaten and intimidate the owner should on the spot be stripped of the asset and the council should convert it to social housing.[/p][/quote]The council will probably let him rent it out again. It's a disgrace how the council and government let people like that carry on. It's just not fair Bwfc82
  • Score: 5

2:42pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Beyond News Forum says...

U have seen plenty of council properties that are squalid and full of damp. The council take months even years to get round to doing the job.

Check out some of the flats around Breightmet and Oldhams. Even houses. Residents cannot help it if damp and blck mold starts because of council neglect. If a tenant tries repairs that turn into a disaster they are charged for the damage so have to wait until the council repair the property.

I agree the rogue landlords should be reigned in, but so should the council and various housing associations.
U have seen plenty of council properties that are squalid and full of damp. The council take months even years to get round to doing the job. Check out some of the flats around Breightmet and Oldhams. Even houses. Residents cannot help it if damp and blck mold starts because of council neglect. If a tenant tries repairs that turn into a disaster they are charged for the damage so have to wait until the council repair the property. I agree the rogue landlords should be reigned in, but so should the council and various housing associations. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 7

3:48pm Sat 4 Jan 14

adatherton says...

£56k, drop in the ocean, that's one, maybe 1.5 office workers and associated costs (NI, desk etc.). Fortunately the rogue landlord problem isn't too bad in Bolton. The problem is nearly all confined to bedsits, and emergency B&B places.
£56k, drop in the ocean, that's one, maybe 1.5 office workers and associated costs (NI, desk etc.). Fortunately the rogue landlord problem isn't too bad in Bolton. The problem is nearly all confined to bedsits, and emergency B&B places. adatherton
  • Score: 0

4:45pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Changing times says...

Bolton is full of rogue landlords who take advantage of the most vulnerable ....Cllr Peel should get real, is this not what the Council are there to do I.e inspect these properties in the first place ?

If he was that concerned he would ensure housing benefit (tax payer money) wasn't paid to these slums ........Get them inspected first !
Bolton is full of rogue landlords who take advantage of the most vulnerable ....Cllr Peel should get real, is this not what the Council are there to do I.e inspect these properties in the first place ? If he was that concerned he would ensure housing benefit (tax payer money) wasn't paid to these slums ........Get them inspected first ! Changing times
  • Score: 6

5:57pm Sat 4 Jan 14

mr.mark.c says...

Beyond News Forum wrote:
U have seen plenty of council properties that are squalid and full of damp. The council take months even years to get round to doing the job.

Check out some of the flats around Breightmet and Oldhams. Even houses. Residents cannot help it if damp and blck mold starts because of council neglect. If a tenant tries repairs that turn into a disaster they are charged for the damage so have to wait until the council repair the property.

I agree the rogue landlords should be reigned in, but so should the council and various housing associations.
The Council does not own any houses, Bolton at home do.
[quote][p][bold]Beyond News Forum[/bold] wrote: U have seen plenty of council properties that are squalid and full of damp. The council take months even years to get round to doing the job. Check out some of the flats around Breightmet and Oldhams. Even houses. Residents cannot help it if damp and blck mold starts because of council neglect. If a tenant tries repairs that turn into a disaster they are charged for the damage so have to wait until the council repair the property. I agree the rogue landlords should be reigned in, but so should the council and various housing associations.[/p][/quote]The Council does not own any houses, Bolton at home do. mr.mark.c
  • Score: 4

7:24pm Sat 4 Jan 14

steveG says...

Bolton council are certainly the people to go to for an authoratitive view on ripping people off. Who will be chosen to investigate them over the scandalously high council tax.
Bolton council are certainly the people to go to for an authoratitive view on ripping people off. Who will be chosen to investigate them over the scandalously high council tax. steveG
  • Score: 9

6:25pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Private landlord directory.com says...

Social media is a very useful tool to find private landlords . Private Landlord Directory.com is the only free advertising and landlord help forum that is free totally for tenants and landlords .As private landlords we founded this site 18 months ago following demand from other private landlords and tenants difficulties in finding us in the private rental sector.
With regards to Rightmove advertising and online letting agents there is a simple test for any landlord or tenant .
Pick any town pick the type of house you require pick number of bedrooms price etc and press find , LOADS of properties to rent , now tell me which ones are private landlords and which are letting agents charging fortunes in fees.
Answer, you can't and zoopla is even worse banning a lot of the aggregators like tipelo .
Private landlord directory was the first property portal to integrate social media utilising the demographic to match tenants with landlords rather than using it as a shop window or extension of their primary website like other property portals do .

Anyone is free to ask our specialist lawyers a question as they are free to advertise or receive landlord details direct the only paid for service is experian credit checks which are the cheapest in the UK accessed via the website or link on our Facebook page ,private landlord directory.

Any questions or if you require any information drop us a line
Social media is a very useful tool to find private landlords . Private Landlord Directory.com is the only free advertising and landlord help forum that is free totally for tenants and landlords .As private landlords we founded this site 18 months ago following demand from other private landlords and tenants difficulties in finding us in the private rental sector. With regards to Rightmove advertising and online letting agents there is a simple test for any landlord or tenant . Pick any town pick the type of house you require pick number of bedrooms price etc and press find , LOADS of properties to rent , now tell me which ones are private landlords and which are letting agents charging fortunes in fees. Answer, you can't and zoopla is even worse banning a lot of the aggregators like tipelo . Private landlord directory was the first property portal to integrate social media utilising the demographic to match tenants with landlords rather than using it as a shop window or extension of their primary website like other property portals do . Anyone is free to ask our specialist lawyers a question as they are free to advertise or receive landlord details direct the only paid for service is experian credit checks which are the cheapest in the UK accessed via the website or link on our Facebook page ,private landlord directory. Any questions or if you require any information drop us a line Private landlord directory.com
  • Score: 2

12:09pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Jim271 says...

If you don't want to deal with a landlord the solution is simple.

Buy your own property. Buying is cheaper than renting in many cases.

People need to accept some level of personal responsibility.
You don't get owt for nowt.
If you don't want to deal with a landlord the solution is simple. Buy your own property. Buying is cheaper than renting in many cases. People need to accept some level of personal responsibility. You don't get owt for nowt. Jim271
  • Score: 3

12:58pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Donkey Stone says...

Jim271 wrote:
If you don't want to deal with a landlord the solution is simple.

Buy your own property. Buying is cheaper than renting in many cases.

People need to accept some level of personal responsibility.
You don't get owt for nowt.
Yes you do.
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: If you don't want to deal with a landlord the solution is simple. Buy your own property. Buying is cheaper than renting in many cases. People need to accept some level of personal responsibility. You don't get owt for nowt.[/p][/quote]Yes you do. Donkey Stone
  • Score: 3

3:21pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Jim271 says...

Unless you choose a life on the dole then its owt for nowt.
Unless you choose a life on the dole then its owt for nowt. Jim271
  • Score: 5

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