A new database has been launched in the capital that will name and shame rogue landlords and letting agents.
The Rogue Landlord and Agent Checker has been backed by London’s mayor and could help to protect more tenants.
The database is available on the City Hall website and will allow prospective tenants to check out a landlord or letting agent before signing up to a tenancy agreement.
So far, the database will include records provided by a number of London boroughs - Camden, Greenwich, Islington, Kingston, Newham, Southwark, Sutton, Waltham Forest, Westminster and the London Fire Brigade.
It is expected more data will be added over the coming weeks to include the boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Croydon, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Lewisham, Redbridge and Tower Hamlets.
Tenants will be able to view prosecutions and enforcement action, as well as being given advice on how to report landlords who may be breaking the law.
“The housing market in London is difficult enough for Londoners to navigate, without those landlords and letting agents who behave unscrupulously leaving tenants living in appalling conditions, despite often paying sky high rents. I promised to do everything within my powers to help Londoners facing this problem. I will not stand by while they are exploited,” explained the mayor.
“Many landlords and agents across London offer a great service but sadly some don’t. My new database is about empowering Londoners to make informed choices about where they rent, and sending rogue operators a clear message: you have nowhere to hide.”