Register of landlords to be considered to protect tenants' rights (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Register of landlords to be considered to protect tenants' rights in Redbridge
A register of landlords to protect tenants’ rights is to be considered in Redbridge.
Representatives of the three main parties on the council agreed to look at the proposal during a meeting with Redbridge Citizens, a community campaign group.
The group said the move would help tackle the problem of rogue landlords, many of whom rent out properties in a poor and unsafe condition.
The move would introduce regular inspections, with the results made public.
During a meeting at Redbridge Citizens' headquarters in Clements Road, Ilford, last night.
Conservative leader of the council, Keith Prince, pledged look into whether the register was necessary.
He said: “In order to implement a register we would need to satisfy central government that significant numbers of landlords are acting unscrupulously, but I am happy to identify problems and see if we have a need for it."
Council deputy leader, Liberal Democrat Ian Bond, said his party would be “keen” to look into the proposal.
Labour deputy leader, Cllr Wes Streeting said: “We are fully behind this and have made it one of our pledges.
“Working with Redbridge Citizens we can build sufficient evidence to allow us to do this."
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