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F15/002

Dealing with private landlords

Request Description

I am seeking information concerning the effectiveness of local authorities' enforcement activities in the private rented sector.

1) How many complaints against private landlords concerning illegal eviction have you received in each financial year since 2009/10?

2) How many complaints against private landlords concerning harassment have you received in each financial year since 2009/10?

3) How many complaints against private landlords concerning category I or II hazards under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) have you received in each financial year since 2009/10?

4) How many complaints against private landlords concerning unlicensed Houses in Multiple Occupation have you received in each financial year since 2009/10?

5) How many complaints concerning financial scams (such as unfair charges, withheld deposits), against private landlords have you received in each financial year since 2009/10?

6) Roughly, how many private landlords have you repeatedly dealt with that give you continued cause for concern?

7) How many cases against private landlords in total have you taken pre-enforcement action (such as a letter or verbal warning to the landlord) and in how many cases were you able to resolve the issue in each financial year since 2009/10?

8) On how many cases have you taken formal enforcement action (such as injunctions or court orders) against private landlords in each financial year since 2009/10? And how many have been complied with?

9) How many prosecutions have you brought against private landlords in each financial year since 2009/10? And how many were successful?

10) i) What proportion and ii) how many of your local authority's private rented properties meet the Decent Homes Standard?

12) When dealing with private landlords in the financial year 2013/14 have you seen cases where their behaviour or neglect has required the involvement other public services?

Yes/No If yes please can you estimate the number of cases

Fire (e.g. due to hazards in the property) 
Health (e.g. hospitalisation of a tenant) 
Police (e.g. prosecuting a landlord) 
Other (please specify)

13) i) How many private landlords operating in your local authority are currently accredited (if you have an accreditation scheme); ii) what proportion is this of all private landlords and iii) what year did your accreditation scheme come into force? 

14) Do you operate a selective licensing scheme or schemes in your local authority area?

15) Is there anything else you would like to tell us about how you deal with problem landlords in your area?

Request Date7 January 2015
Requested byIndividual
Released Date  9 February 2015                      
Response

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