The private rental market in Bristol has doubled in size since 2000. Unfortunately, strings of unlicensed bedsits, properties with overflowing sewage and hotwired electricity meters are not a surprise. But it is shocking to read that a registered charity, whose aim is to shelter homeless individuals, is one of the most-prosecuted.
There are too many rogue landlords exploiting the deepening UK housing crisis. If you are a managing agent and receive a complaint from a tenant, be sure to advise your landlord to take action.
Alternative Housing, which was established to provide accommodation for homeless people with addiction problems, has been convicted of housing offences six times over the past two years, after letting properties with problems including overflowing raw sewage. The company, which is registered with the Charity Commission, was fined a total of nearly £40,000. Over the same period it received £321,000 in housing benefit.