Barnsley MP welcomes funding for crackdown on rogue landlords

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South Yorkshire MP John Healey has welcomed funding to crackdown on rogue landlords.

Barnsley Council has received £230,000 from the Government for a project in Goldthorpe, Wombwell and Barnsley town centre aimed at improving private rented housing and cracking down on bad landlords.

Mr Healey said: “Many people in Goldthorpe are concerned at problems caused by bad private rented housing so they will welcome the crackdown the council are planning.

“Reports about bad landlords are increasing, and this is dragging down the names of those who treat their tenants fairly.

“But the Government has actually cut back regulation in this area, making it easier for property owners to convert their house into multiple flats and fill them with tenants, without consideration for the neighbourhood and local services.”

Barnsley Council has identified the areas as ‘hotspots’ where they think ‘rogue landlords’ may be operating.

Operations are planned involving the council, police, firefighters, probation service and benefit and energy checks.

The crackdown will also include inspections, an accreditation of landlords scheme, the enforcement of repairs where work isn’t done voluntarily and encouraging owners to bring empty homes back into use.

The council hope the crackdown will reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.