The Mayor of London’s rogue agent and landlord list has gone live after all of London’s 32 boroughs and the City of London agreed to participate in the scheme.
Mayor Sadiq Khan’s list includes landlords and letting agents who have been prosecuted, fined or expelled from the industry’s two redress schemes.
But the list only includes records so far of landlords and agents in Brent, Camden, Greenwich, Islington, Kingston, Newham, Redbridge, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Westminster.
The other councils will now add their ‘rogue data’ as soon as possible, the Mayor’s office says.
The roll call currently includes some 260 names and businesses which will remain on the website for three years.
Examples include a landlord instructed by City of Westminster to stop renting out a property because it was unsafe, but who continued to do so, and a letting agent who managed an HMO that did not comply with ‘safe and good condition’ rules.
All the letting agents on the site are small, independent ones with the exception of one Strattons branch based in Stratford, which was convicted of a criminal offence in September last year for failing to secure a licence for an HMO, and fined £2,000.
The most recent agent on the list is Kentish Town based Olivers Residential Ltd, which last month was fined £2,000, also for failing to obtain a licence for an HMO.
“Importantly, it is also the first time renters have had a central online tool that should take some of the stress out of reporting potentially criminal housing conditions to their local authority,” says Richard Lambert, CEO of the National Landlords Association (pictured)