A grant of £96,071 to help tackle rogue landlords has been awarded to City of Lincoln Council following a successful bid for government funding.
The grant, from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), will be used to help improve the quality of private rental sector housing in the city, with a focus on the Sincil Bank area.
Five housing inspectors will be employed on a temporary basis to visit properties in the area and check the quality of the homes, before ensuring landlords take the necessary action to bring their properties up to a suitable standard.
The grant will also be used to pay for translation services to help engage with as many people in the area as possible.
Councillor Pete West, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “This is great news and a vote of confidence from central government in our plans to tackle poor quality housing in an area of Lincoln that has been identified as in need of regeneration.
“A good home is essential to people’s health and well being, but we know from surveys we have carried out there is a reasonably high proportion of poor quality privately rented properties in the Sincil Bank area. This can include issues such as damp, condensation and faulty electrics – which can present serious health risks.
“We’ll be working with our Neighbourhood Working Team to engage with tenants and this funding will be invaluable in supporting our work to tackle this problem.”
The council is one of 48 authorities across the country to share a £5 million pot of funding designed to take on irresponsible landlords who force tenants to live in squalid and dangerous properties.