CIEH supports 'rogue' landlord database

Publication Date: 23rd July 2015

Subject: Housing

Poor Housing 

To coincide with the publication of a database containing the names of convicted private landlords, Graham Jukes OBE, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), said: 

“The publication today of the convicted private landlord’s database by Environmental Health News and the Guardian, has provided us with an opportunity to draw attention to poor housing conditions in rented accommodation.

"This is a serious public health issue as poor housing and overcrowding has significant detrimental impacts on health and wellbeing, especially for vulnerable people and families who are increasingly having to find accommodation from private landlords.

"Not all Landlords are bad but those on the database of prosecutions are just the tip of a very large problem and other landlords maybe putting their tenants at risk. The ’rogue’ landlord database is an innovative and practical tool to help members of the public and local authorities identify landlords who have been prosecuted for having failed to maintain their properties to the right standards. It will be particularly helpful to the parents of young adults who may be renting accommodation for the first time as students.

“If you live in poor rented accommodation you can get help by contacting your local council’s environmental health department and if you live in property owned by landlords on this database you can find out more about why they have been prosecuted by contacting your local council or examining court records or local media reports.”

ENDS   

For further information about the CIEH, contact Steven Fifer: 020 7827 5922; s.fifer@cieh.org.

Notes to editors 

Link to rogue landlord investigation and interactive database by Environmental Health News Online: http://www.ehn-online.com/news/article.aspx?id=14485  

Link to rogue landlord investigation: http://www.theguardian.com/money/2015/jul/23/north-london-landlord-list-housing-offence-convictions-fines  

About the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH):  

The CIEH has resources on poor housing conditions in the private rented sector: http://www.cieh.org/policy/housing.html  

The CIEH is the professional voice for environmental health representing over 10,000 members working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. It ensures the highest standards of professional competence in its members, in the belief that through environmental health action people's health can be improved.

Environmental health has an important and unique contribution to make to improving public health and reducing health inequalities. The CIEH campaigns to ensure that government policy addresses the needs of communities and business in achieving and maintaining improvements to health and health protection.

The CIEH is a leading provider of regulated qualifications and operates in over 50 countries

For more information visit www.cieh.org and follow the CIEH on Twitter @The_CIEH 

 

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