Following the release of statistics showing that 206 of the 1,712 rental properties inspected in the district between 2011 and 2012 had legal notices served, Labour councillors in Westminster have called for a compulsory register of landlords in the area.
771 hazards were removed from homes in the central London borough by council officers during this period, including fire and fall risks as well as cases of excess cold and damp, 111 shared houses were improved, 461 homes were made decent and seven individuals were prosecuted.
The 2011 census shows that Westminster has one of the largest rental sectors in the UK, with around 40% of the borough’s 109,000 homes inhabited by tenants.
Paul Dimoldenberg, the Labour Party leader in Westminster, said: “Westminster has the highest concentration of private flats in the UK and proper regulation is needed if tenants are to be properly protected from the minority of bad landlords.”
He claimed there are strong arguments for the council to establish a compulsory landlord registration scheme to combat bad practices.