Crackdown on the rogue landlords in Burnley and Pendle

BURNLEY and Pendle councils have teamed up to crack down on rogue landlords.

The two authorities have secured government grants totalling more than £50,000 to fund enforcement work around unfit housing.

Landlords who allow their properties to fall into disrepair will be targeted.

Central government approved a total of £109,000 to be split equally between Burnley, Pendle, Hyndburn and Blackburn, but Burnley and Pendle have decided to share their cash to employ a full-time enforcement officer for one year.

Pendle Council leader Joe Cooney said: “We have a number of problem landlords with properties in both Pendle and Burnley so it makes sense for the authorities to work together. This funding will give us extra resources to tackle some of our worst housing conditions.”

The officer will work with private landlords whose properties have tenants in them but which do not meet the required standards.

Coun Howard Baker, Burnley Council’s executive member for housing and environment, said: “The vast majority of landlords keep their properties in good condition. However, we know there are some poor quality properties.

“The funding will pay for an enforcement officer who will investigate complaints, work with landlords and get them to make any necessary improvements. If they won’t, the council has powers to issue an enforcement notice and if they still refuse we will take them to court.”

A selective licensing scheme in the Trinity area of Burnley is already in place to improve landlords’ management of properties, with similar schemes under consideration in Gannow and Queensgate.

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1:45pm Wed 22 Jan 14

DaveBurnley says...

Good look with finding some of the landlords based in Bradford and Manchester.
Good look with finding some of the landlords based in Bradford and Manchester. DaveBurnley
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9:07pm Wed 22 Jan 14

zabby says...

You don't need to look no further than reedley £250'k houses for local slum landlords
You don't need to look no further than reedley £250'k houses for local slum landlords zabby
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11:19am Sun 26 Jan 14

zabby says...

Simple employ more officers,inspect every property before any housing benefit is paid,I as a landlord would support this.if your properties are fit for humans you have nothing to worry about
Simple employ more officers,inspect every property before any housing benefit is paid,I as a landlord would support this.if your properties are fit for humans you have nothing to worry about zabby
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1:31pm Wed 29 Jan 14

leyton says...

dont forget calico
dont forget calico leyton
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