4 local authorities get £6 million to carry out more frequent inspections and enforcement of standards in private rented sector supported housing for vulnerable people

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DLUHC has announced that Birmingham, Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool and Hull councils will get £6 million from the Govt's £20 million supported housing improvement programme to carry out enforcement of better standards in supported housing provided by the private sector for vulnerable tenants.

The scheme is part of a Govt programme to help local authorities "crackdown on unscrupulous landlords" providing supported accommodation to tenants who have experienced homelessness, mental health issues or domestic abuse but where no or negligible support is actually provided but an extortionate rent is charged.

The announcement says that poorly performing landlords who fail to improve the standard of their accommodation or support could be subject to civil penalties, prohibition orders or prosecution.

Leader of Blackpool council, Cllr. Lynn Williams said " We have developed clear pathways for providers that enables them to understand what is needed in Blackpool ..... We are unapologetic about offering not only support but challenge to the market to make sure the supported housing schemes in Blackpool deliver great outcomes."

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