Somerset

South Somerset District Council tackles 'criminal' landlords

A Somerset council is working with the housing charity Shelter in an attempt to crackdown on "criminal" landlords.

South Somerset District Council said it would take robust action against landlords who ignore their responsibilities and causing misery.

Leader Ric Pallister said there were many good landlords, a small but dangerous minority ignored the law.

The initiative comes after the local authority signed up to Shelter's Evict Rogue Landlords campaign.

'Exploiting tenants'

By doing so it commits to "use all the tools at its disposal" to crackdown on landlords who are "ignoring their responsibilities and causing misery to local families".

"The term rogue [landlord] is frequently too generous," Councillor Pallister said.

"The fact is that the worst offenders deserve to be labelled appropriately and that is as criminal landlords" he added.

A spokesman for Shelter said a minority of rogue landlords were getting away with renting out homes that are in "an appalling state of repair", and "deliberately exploiting their tenants".

"Living in rundown or unsafe housing can have a devastating impact on people's health, children especially," he added.

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