Council tackling rogue landlords

Dumfries and Galloway Council has been working with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to root out irresponsible landlords.

As the licensing authority for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) and for registering private landlords in this region, part of the council’s role involves identifying properties that should be licensed or registered and taking steps to ensure that landlords comply with the various requirements placed on them. The requirement to hold a licence for an HMO property has been in place since 2000 and was introduced in an attempt to control and improve standards in these types of properties.

Councillor Tom McAughtrie, Chairman of the Council’s Community and Customer Services Committee said: “There is a responsibility on all private landlords to ensure they comply with the legal requirements to provide safe and good quality accommodation. While our primary objective is to ensure landlords comply, there are numerous measures including prosecution which can be implemented.”

An HMO is a house where 3 tenants live, forming more than 1 household and they share a toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities. . The property owners appeared in Court 22 October.