Council cracks down on rogue landlords

Housing. Picture: Getty Images

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A scheme has been launched to tackle rogue landlords forcing people to live in ‘hazardous’ conditions in the district.

‘Rent repayment orders, fines and a prison sentence’ can be imposed by North Somerset Council if landlords fail to adhere to enforcement regulations.

The scheme is encouraging people providing private rented housing to be accredited by the National Landlord’s Code of Excellence (NLCE) – which ensures tenants live in ‘safe’ accommodation in North Somerset.

The authority’s executive member for housing, Elfan Ap Rees, said: “Many landlords provide quality housing in North Somerset, but some do little to maintain their properties.

“Our message for landlords clear – make sure the accommodation provided is of good quality and join a scheme like NLCE.”

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