Mayor of London Launches Database to ‘Name and Shame’ Rogue Landlords
This week the Mayor of London has launched his Rogue Landlord & Agent Checker – London’s first online ‘name and shame’ database to help crack down on unscrupulous landlords and agents in the Capital.
The database, published here on the City Hall website, is aimed at giving Londoners greater confidence in renting a home by allowing them to check a prospective landlord or letting agent, as well as acting as a clear deterrent to the small minority of landlords and letting agents who behave dishonestly.
Ahead of its launch, records from 10 London boroughs (Brent, Camden, Greenwich, Islington, Kingston, Newham, Southwark, Sutton, Waltham Forest, Westminster) and the London Fire Brigade have been published on the database, meaning more than 600,000 renters can now check rogue landlords and agents in their area – equivalent to 25 per cent of all renters living across the city.
A further eight boroughs (Barking and Dagenham, Croydon, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Lewisham, Redbridge and Tower Hamlets) have agreed to submit records in the coming weeks. While he has no power to require local councils to submit their data, the Mayor has today outlined his hope that all other London councils will soon be taking part to help protect tenants living in their boroughs.
The Checker has three elements:
- a public online database of landlords and letting agents who have been prosecuted or fined by London boroughs or the London Fire Brigade, or expelled from letting agent redress schemes;
- a private online database for local authorities and the London Fire Brigade to share more detailed information about landlord and letting agent offences;
- a reporting tool to allow tenants and other Londoners to report rogue landlord and agent activity more easily.
Members of the public will be able to see:
- landlords and agents’ full names;
- what type of enforcement action was taken against them, for what offence, and what fine if any they received;
- who undertook the enforcement (i.e. London borough, LFB, redress scheme);
- the address of the rental property where the offence took place;
- and the street name and first four post code digits of the landlord’s home address (to help renters distinguish between landlords with the same name).
Following this announcement, at Tenant Referencing UK we have noticed a drastic increase in landlords and agents speaking out that there should also be a nationwide rogue tenant register.
This is exactly what we have been doing for the past 8 years.
It is now a fact that those who join our network and “Lifestyle Reference” their applicants through the UK’s original and only Tenant Histories truly can reduce rent arrears and property damages; saving our 160,000+ subscribers hundreds of thousands of pounds in the process, as well as their precious time and their sanity!
Databases containing tenants rent defaults are obvious advantageous to landlords – but what database can store whether your applicant tenant is a drug dealer or an illegal immigrant? None, and for the simple reason that this does not comply with The Data Protection Act 1998. The Tenant Referencing UK database is the only one of its kind that can tell you these types of things without breaking data protection rules – simply because we put landlords and letting agents in touch with one another to find out what their applicant tenant is really like.
So if you want to avoid bad tenants in 2018, we urge you to join our referencing community today!