On New Years Day, BBC News issued a report on Newham Council's new scheme to tackle rogue landlords in the borough. Newham is becoming the first local authority to make landlord registration compulsory. Owners of private-rented homes will now have to declare criminal convictions and meet health and safety standards, or face a fine of up to £20,000. This has come about due to a longstanding problem in Newham with tenants being charged substantial sums to live in unacceptable homes.
Robert Nichols, Managing Director of Edmund Cude, believes Newham's decision to license all landlords could have wider implications for England's private rental sector.
"I don't disagree with what they're trying to achieve but the way they're trying to achieve it," he says. "A much better solution would be to try to educate tenants to make sure they are living in a property that is safe."
Robert Nichols also thinks rogue operators are a tiny minority of all landlords and that sufficient legislation is already in place to protect tenants.
See Robert Nichols talking on BBC News here:
BBC News - Rogue landlords targeted by new scheme in Newham