Good to see action against rogue landlords
Patrick Harvie, Scottish Green MSP for Glasgow, today (29 Nov) reacted to news that six landlords in the Govanhill area of Glasgow have been barred by the city council and will now face criminal prosecution.
The landlords failed to provide a range of certification including an enhanced criminal record check, buildings insurances, energy performance, gas safety and confirmation that tenants received tenant information packs.
Patrick Harvie, Scottish Green MSP for Glasgow, said:
“It is good to see Glasgow City Council finally taking action against rogue landlords who have continually failed to ensure their property is fit for tenants to live in and ensure their safety, in an area of the city that has been blighted by housing issues for many years.
"What matters now is safeguarding any current tenants still living in properties owned by the landlords in question who may now be facing eviction or homelessness in the weeks before Christmas. These landlords are the ones who should suffer the consequences, not their tenants. The management of the properties should be handed over to a local housing association which can be trusted to act responsibly.
"In the longer term, we won’t see robust treatment of rogue landlords and letting agents unless we put resources into enforcement. That means supporting local authorities to do their jobs, instead of squeezing their budgets ever tighter.”