Hundreds of hazards removed from private rental properties

A total of 1,712 inspections of private rented properties were carried out by Westminster City Council last year.

The inspections resulted in 206 legal notices being served and seven prosecutions.

Officials also removed 771 hazards in the properties, including potential causes of fires and falls.

As a result of the inspections, improvements were made to 111 HMOs and 461 homes were made decent.

Cllr Jonathan Glanz, Westminster’s cabinet member for housing, said: “Around two in five homes in Westminster make up the private rented sector in the city, making it one of the UK’s largest; and so the council rightly takes seriously its responsibility to ensure that action is taken where necessary to ensure that all housing in the sector is of an acceptable standard.

“The majority of landlords in Westminster do provide decent homes, but there are powers in place which we, and other local authorities, can call upon when landlords renting privately to tenants in their area do not play by the rules.”â?¨
Article courtesy of Landlord Today
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