Government announces £5m pot to tackle 'beds in sheds'

The government has announced that more than 60 local authorities across England will be able to bid for a share of a new £5 million funding pot to initiate more enforcement action and prosecutions against rogue landlords and 'beds in sheds'.

Beds in sheds: new £5m fund to help councils crack down
Beds in sheds: new £5m fund to help councils crack down

The government yesterday announced that the 65 "worst affected" councils, which have a large proportion of private rented stock in their areas and significant problems with irresponsible landlords, will be able to bid for the money.

It said that councils will be able to use the money to increase inspections of property; carry out more raids; initiate more enforcement action and prosecutions; and demolish sheds and buildings that are prohibited.

Housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis said that there are too many private landlords "who rent dangerous, dirty and overcrowded properties without a thought for the welfare of their tenants" and that the new fund will help councils "root out the cowboys and rogue operators."

Over the last two years, more than 3,000 landlords have faced enforcement action and prosecution thanks to council-led efforts, communities secretary Greg Clark said.

These measures, combined with the new funding, will help councils "go even further," he added.

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