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21 Mar 23

It had to happen, and now we see that a politician is warning that his council could be seen as ‘hypocrites’ as new rules will see private landlords being targeted with tougher regulations. 

The comments by Babergh’s cabinet member for finance, Coun David Busby, come after councillors agreed that bad landlords should be fined up to £30,000 in a bid to deter rogue landlords. 

However, as we regularly highlight here on Landlord Licensing & Defence, councils are quick to fine landlords for offering poor quality homes but not so quick to improve their housing stock. 

The councillor made his comments to colleagues over the state of the council’s housing stock with news that some council house tenants had been left in potentially unsafe conditions and around 470 safety and inspection reports had been missed. 

The councils, Babergh and Mid Suffolk have referred themselves to the social housing regulator after realising they have issues and are now working to rectify the problems.  Mr Busby said that the council needs to be careful in how it criticises private landlords if it hasn’t got their own house in order.  

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