Bromley Council are one of the few London Boroughs that has not submitted data to the new “Rogue Landlords” database launched by Mayor Sadiq Khan before Christmas.
Records from 10 London boroughs have now been published on the database and a further 8 have said they intend to submit records in the next few weeks. A notable exception is Bromley. Lib Dem Campaigner Sam Webber called on Cllr Colin Smith, Leader of Bromley Council, to commit to taking part in the database. “With the lack of affordable housing in Bromley, more and more people find renting privately is their only option. Fears of rogue landlords and agents make renters feel particularly vulnerable – by joining in this scheme Bromley Council will help to reassure renters that their prospective landlord or agent is not one of the unscrupulous few, while at the same time providing a deterrent to landlords against poor practice.”
The Mayor has no power to require local councils to submit their data, but the cooperation of all boroughs is vital to the success of the scheme.
Liberal Democrats have been enthusiastic supporters of the database – and are keen to see a similar scheme rolled out nationally. Caroline Pidgeon, Lib Dem member of the London Assembly, welcomed the scheme when it was announced by the Mayor. “It is long overdue that tenants and prospective tenants can find out about landlords. Such information will be vital to allow people to find a safe and secure home and avoid the exploitation from rogue landlords.”