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Call to keep rogue landlords out of Winchester
10:30am Monday 28th October 2013 in News
HOUSING chiefs have been urged to crack down on rogue landlords.
Winchester council finance boss Stephen Godfrey said officers should make sure tenants are protected against scams, particularly students.
It came as Cabinet examined a report into non-family houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) and how to improve neighbourhood management.
Speaking at the meeting Cllr Godfrey said: “Some landlords in this country are what I’d call slum landlords; real chancers dealing with students in a disreputable manner.
“I have been working with colleagues to ensure such behaviour does not start in Winchester.
“Are there any ways the council can go further such as working with the university to prevent disreputable landlords working in Winchester and weeding them out as quickly as possible?”
Housing officer Steve Tong confirmed the council and university were already working together to help students find safe landlords.
The report, approved at the meeting, will see officers work with the University of Winchester to support students in private accommodation and their neighbours.