Bill Wiggin MP welcomed the announcement of £54,000 to help Herefordshire Council tackle rogue landlords.

In the summer the Department for Communities and Local Government invited councils to bid for a share of a £3 million fund to tackle rogue landlord activity in their area.

Last week Bill Wiggin MP for North Herefordshire received a letter from Kris Hopkins MP, Minister for Housing at the Department for Communities and Local Government, in which it was revealed Herefordshire Council had been allocated £54,000.

Bill Wiggin MP said: “I am pleased the Government has recognised this issue and is actively encouraging local authorities to take decisive action to drive rogue landlords out of the private rented sector market.

“Rogue landlords make their tenants’ lives miserable renting out dangerous and overcrowded properties. They can have a wider detrimental effect on a local community too as they are commonly associated with sanitation issues and antisocial behaviour.

“I look forward to hearing how Herefordshire Council plan to use this funding to help improve the lives of my constituents.”

Kris Hopkins MP said: “I am determined to see an improvement in standards across the private rented sector. These funds will enable your council to identify and take decisive action to drive these rogue landlords out of the market. This will help improve the quality of accommodation available to tenants and support communities within your constituency.”