Brent urges government to end housing benefit to rogue landlords

21 January 2019

Today, Brent Council is urging the government to stop rogue landlords who fail councils' "fit and proper" tests receiving housing benefit. 

The council, which is known for its zero-tolerance stance against rogue landlords, is calling on the government to change the law that currently allows rogue landlords to be paid housing benefit even if they don't meet licensing criteria. 

Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Cabinet Member for Housing and Welfare Reform, said: "It's completely unacceptable that landlords who flout the rules and cause misery for thousands of tenants across the country receive housing benefit. Today, I have written to The Minister urging him to act on this issue." 

"We need the law on our side to help us protect tenants' rights and drive up standards in the private rented sector. Last week, Brent received a grant of over £100k, which we'll be using to provide further support for private tenants in the battle against rogue landlords. But we need government to make legislative change so that we have all the tools we need." 

If you are a Brent landlord who lets out shared accommodation, you can apply for a licence online at www.brent.gov.uk/prslicensing 

If you suspect that someone is renting out an unlicensed property in Brent, please report them anonymously at www.brent.gov.uk/reportaproperty