Rogue landlords facing eviction as council signs up to hard hitting scheme
'ROGUE' landlords face an end to their ways and evictions of their own throughout Gloucester.
Tales of residents having their power switched off and being left without heating for years have led to city councillors signing up to a scheme to help hit-upon tenants.
A motion at the council's meeting on Thursday night led to the authority joining more than 100 other councils around the country in registering with Evict Rogue Landlords.
Councillor Mary Smith (L, Matson and Robinswood) said: "We had something like 86 complaints alone in 2010 from tenants about their landlords. The council needs to support the tenants affected."
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Evict Rogue Landlords is a scheme run by homelessness charity Shelter which is pushing for lasting change in the booming rental market.
It says too many landlords are getting away with letting out homes in a bad state of repair which in turn affects residents' health and livelihoods.
Coun Anna Mozol (LD, Quedgeley) said at the meeting: "I know private landlords that have cut the electric off in a property because they want the tenant out.
"My next-door neighbour has recently moved out of her flat after three years of not having any heating. She used to sit in her coat and when visitors came to her house she could see the breath from their mouths."
The motion was eventually passed after an amendment was agreed from Coun Colin Organ, the cabinet member for housing and an estate agent by profession.
He added that tenants can be "just as disruptive" and that the scheme should take that into account as well.
Tony Ward, vice-chairman of the Tredworth Estate Tenants and Residents Association, has had problems with rouge landlords in the past and backed the move.
He said: "My last landlord took a while to get back to me about repairing things. He would often get cheap labourers in to do the work.
"There are plenty of rouge traders out there. Luckily my current landlord is very quick at responding to requests."
A Shelter spokesman said: "Local councils should enforce the laws that already exist to stamp out rogue landlords, prosecute rogue landlords when they do not comply with the law, publicise their tough stance on rogue landlords in the local press, give renters the support they need to bring complaints to the council and proactively inspect properties to make sure that they are appropriate homes for renters."