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London Labour slam Boris for ignoring ‘fit and proper’ landlord calls

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A member of Labour’s London Assembly has criticised Mayor Boris Johnson for refusing to back the party’s calls for a ‘fit and proper’ landord test to be introduced in the capital.

Johnson has refused to back calls from Labour’s London Assembly housing spokesman Tom Copely for the capital to follow Scotland’s lead and introduce the test.

Copely says: “Complaints against landlords are rising every year. Boris’s only answer is more voluntary regulation, which bad landlords will not sign up to. The evidence is that this has clearly not worked so far and I see no reason why more of the same will deliver better results.

“Despite the dramatic increase in the number of Londoners privately renting their home over the past decade, Boris has washed his hands of any responsibility.”

In a written question to the mayor in June, Copely asked why Johnson refuses to back the move. The Mayor’s response was: “If tenants are genuinely at risk then there are a range of enforcement powers that local authorities can use to deal with the situation without the need for statutory regulation.”

According to the housing charity Shelter private sector tenant complaints in London now number 18,700 a year, a rise of 47 per cent in the past five years.

Yesterday, figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders revealed that UK-wide buy to let lending in Q2 amounted to more than £5bn, though no figure for London is available.

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