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Prosecutions against Landlords Escalate

As the demand for private rented accommodation continues to soar, landlords in Yorkshire are being warned to ensure they are operating within the law.

The warning comes after a leading Letting Agency in the county discovered that prosecutions and complaints against private landlords stand at an all time high and in some towns are an incredible five times higher than just 10 years ago. The letting agents Linley & Simpson believe the reason for the increase is partly because of the dramatic increase in the number of homes that are now ensconced in the private rental sector and also because of the increased use of litigation in every area of life in the UK, but say the main reason is that many landlords are not aware of the growing number of regulations they must conform to.

Linley & Simpson Director Will Linley said “Our research shows that the spiralling rise in demand for rental properties over the last decade is matched by an upsurge in complaints and prosecutions. This trend is in part down to the increasingly litigious society in which we live, and in part down to the increasing burden of red tape associated with being a landlord. Most landlords know they should get property insurance and fire certificates, but it is a lot more complex than that. The lesson to be learned from our research is that landlords should employ only an accredited agent – or make sure they are armed with all the necessary knowledge needed to let a property without exposing themselves to legal action and big fines.”

Freedom of information requests show that in Bradford complaints against landlords escalated from just 263 in the year 2000 to over 1,300 in 2010. The most common complaints that lead to legal action against the landlord stem from failing to license HMOs; lack of adherence to health and safety regulations; illegal evictions and failure to manage tenant deposits in a legal fashion.

Tenant told to find new home for her pets

A council tenant in Leeds, who has devoted most of her life to caring for abandoned and feral cats, has been told by her landlord to get rid of them or she will be facing legal action.

Jackie Silcox currently looks after twenty-one cats in her one bedroom, ground floor flat in Ebor Gardens and uses a wheelchair whenever she is outside her home because of leg and back problems. Two years ago she contacted the local council to ensure there were no issues with her keeping so many pets; she was even visited by a housing official who assured her that there was no problem. In fact she claims the council were more concerned that she got planning permission for a large fence she wanted in her garden.

Ms Silcox said: “I don’t know how it started to be honest but I’ve been taking in cats for over 20 years. I had my own cats and people started bringing them because they knew I was a cat lover and wouldn’t turn any cat away. I have no problem coping with them. Once they are all fed and given a bit of love they all settle down.”

Despite saying there was no problem; East North East Homes who have thousands of properties which are all covered by cheap landlord insurance have given her a deadline of August 10th to get rid of all but two of the cats. The council say that Ms Silcox’s tenancy agreement clearly states that she is allowed to keep up to two cats in her home. They have given a previous warning and have now offering her a reasonable amount of time for her to find new homes for the other 19 cats. The landlords are also worried about the health hazards which could affect the welfare of other residents within the flats.