Funding of more than £30,000 has been awarded to Arun District Council to help tackle rogue landlords.
The £34,0001 from the government is intended to support new, innovative or targeted short-term initiatives to address the problem.
The proposal is to commission the Building Research Establishment to identify the private rented sector housing stock – including houses of multiple occupation (HMOs) – those HMOs which should be licensed, and provide energy efficiency information.
Arun joined with Adur, Worthing, Crawley and Chichester councils, and worked with the Building Research Establishment, to make the bid.
Cllr Matt Stanley, Arun’s cabinet member for technical services, said: “We are very pleased to have been awarded this funding as it will enable us to tackle the minority of landlords in the district who break the law by not offering their tenants adequate housing.
“The funding will not only allow us to take effective and targeted action against criminal landlords, but to also support good landlords in fulfilling their obligations.”
The funding will come from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
Landlords must apply for a mandatory HMO licence if their property is occupied by five or more people in at least two households and they share facilities.
It is a criminal offence to operate a licensable HMO without a valid licence.
Landlords may face prosecution, receive a civil penalty fine or a reduced licensing period in consequence of any breach found.
They are encouraged to contact Arun on: 01903 737755 or: arun.gov.uk/hmo to ensure they have the correct licence.