Caroline Flint

Standing up for Don Valley.

MP slams Mayor over bad landlords

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint has welcomed backing for a landlord accreditation scheme, after Mayor Davies was slammed by councillors over his failure to tackle bad landlords.
Edlington & Warmsworth Cllr Phil Cole slammed the Mayor for “complacency” and said: “You had the opportunity to introduce a registered landlord scheme two years ago and you failed to do so.  Your failure has made life harder for hard working people in neighbourhoods like the Royal Estate in Edlington, where decent people have life made harder by bad landlords.”
Cllr Cole highlighted the problem of absentee landlords who didn‘t care how their tenants behaved or who blighted neighbourhood with empty or houses in disrepair.
Cllr Cole demanded:  “This Council should pass this motion and send out a clear message ‘Bad landlords are not welcome here’.”
Don Valley MP, Caroline Flint said:  “I have been pressing the Council for years to take action over a minority of bad landlords who dominate certain areas, allowing property after property to fall into ruin, or with tenants who have no regard for their neighbours.  The Royal Estate, Edlington, is full of decent people doing their best and, whether they own or rent, they have a right to know the Council is on their side.  Other Councils are way ahead of Doncaster on this – and Mayor Davies’ foot-dragging has to end.
“I know of good landlords who complain to me that next door to one of their properties is a house falling apart or with antisocial behaviour, because of a negligent landlord.  I welcome an accreditation scheme, but we must have a selective licensing scheme so unless landlords are approved they cannot rent in an area.”
The Council meeting heard that other councils, such as Sheffield, have accredited landlord schemes, so tenants know that properties are properly repaired and safe to live in.  Those landlords can benefit from help to manage properties or find tenants and loans to improve properties.  
Doncaster Council offers grants to bring empty properties into use, but has no landlord registration scheme to help tenants know the good landlords from the bad and the crooked.
The motion was passed by 48 votes to zero, but Mayor Davies decided not to support the motion.

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