Lib Dems fight for open register of rogue landlords


Lib Dems fight for an open register of rogue landlords

 

Liberal Democrats are fighting to ensure potential renters have access to lists of rogue landlords.

An amendment  to the Housing and Planning Bill, which would make it possible for tenants to check whether their landlord was on lists held by local authorities, was rejected by the Government in the Lords.

Liberal Democrat Peers will continue to push an amendment to the Bill at a later stage on this vital Freedom of Information issue.

Liberal Democrat Housing Spokesperson Cathy Bakewell  said: 

“It is vital that tenants are given the information they need so that they can avoid moving from one poor landlord to another.  It will always be the case that those who are the most desperate to find a roof over their heads will be most at risk of being exploited. They need to have this information to assist them to make the right choices.”
 
“I am disappointed but not surprised that the Government has rejected this principle. This move protects the most exploited and vulnerable tenants. Those living in the most appalling properties have a right to know who to avoid when it comes to renting.”

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