Private landlords who fail to take action against anti-social tenants or who rent out substandard housing could be ‘struck off’ by North Ayrshire Council.
The local authority’s Licensing Committee is responsible
for overseeing the registration of landlords and has powers to ensure
there are serious consequences for any who are deemed to be not ‘fit and
proper’ persons to perform the role. For example, the Committee can
refuse an application from a prospective landlord or can remove those
already on the register. In addition, a Rent Penalty Notice can be
served against a landlord, which means no rent can be charged for a
particular property and any tenant will not receive Housing Benefit from
Cllr Tom Marshall, Depute Chair of the Licensing
Committee, explained, “Anti-social behaviour can be extremely stressful
for neighbours, whether it involves loud music being played in the
middle of the night, people visiting at night or disposing of waste in
common grounds, such as closes and shared gardens.”
Leasing substandard housing and failing to carry out essential repairs can also result in action.
order to legally operate as a landlord, a property owner must be
officially registered with the Council. The Register also allows
tenants and neighbours to identify the property owner and contact them
The Licensing Committee has vowed to crackdown
on issues where there is clear evidence to back complaints. Cllr
Marshall said, “Tenants are clearly responsible for their own behaviour.
However, there is also an onus on landlords to take action where
“The Council has a number of options when it comes to
enforcing legislation and is committed to making use of these where
In 2012 Ardrossan Independent councillor John
Hunter initiated an investigation by North Ayrshire Council’s Scrutiny
Committee, which looked at the impact on the local area of unregistered
landlords and owners of private residential properties.
investigation involved carrying out a data-matching exercise, which
looked at licensing records and benefits claims, revealing around 3,000
unregistered rented properties in the local area.