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Couldn’t the same be said about a minority of bad tenants who ‘wreck’ properties, and / or squat illegally?

The Local Government Association (LGA) – which represents almost 400 councils in England & Wales – says that while most landlords are reputable, a criminal minority view fines as ‘operating costs', to be offset against their profits from exploiting tenants by renting sub-standard properties.

The LGA says councils are doing everything they can to tackle rogue operators, but they are being hamstrung by a system "not fit for the 21st century".  It is calling for a streamlined system, which is fairer, faster, simpler, and awards proportionate fines to criminal landlords and the full costs of bringing the prosecutions to councils.

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