London landlords hold tight– all London boroughs have now signed up to Sadiq Khans’s rogues database!
The Mayor of London’s rogue’s gallery is not new news, but with all 33 London Boroughs now signed up to the scheme, with 10 already having submitted their data, the project is gathering speed, according to City Hall.
Dubious property dealings in the capital will no longer go unnoticed, as boroughs are encouraged to submit records of all successful prosecutions or landlords and lettings agents to the database, The checker also has a ‘report a Rogue’ tool, which allows tenants to submit complaints about a landlord or agent.
The database, which is available on the City hall website states the landlord or agents business name (or name if a sole trader) the type of enforcement, the enforcement authority, the rental property address, the offence, the landlord/agent’s address, fine, date of enforcement and expiration of record.
Records are held for a limited time, but are searchable by landlord name, rental property address or enforcement authority. Enforcements vary greatly, from £1, to £150,000, and expulsion from the Property Ombudsman for letting agents.
When I launched the checker I made it clear unscrupulous landlords and agents would have nowhere to hide. Now, with all local authorities signed up, we have reached an important milestone in protecting London’s renters. The rental market in the capital is difficult enough to navigate without a small minority of rogue operators exploiting their tenants. This tool will empower Londoners to make an informed choice about where to live. I’m extremely grateful for the support of all the local authorities and other bodies which have signed up to contribute their records to the database. I’m confident this will be a major step in tackling unscrupulous and illegal practices in the rented sector.Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
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