Last year North Somerset Council investigated the state of rented accommodation in Weston.
They found it is terrible. Hundreds of people are living in damp, squalid and cramped conditions in town centre properties owned by unscrupulous landlords.
Now, the council is asking you what you think.
Should landlords finally be regulated, the way doctors, dentists, childminders and taxi drivers are?
Or should families and children continue to live in slum-like conditions, lining the pockets of rogue landlords?
The Council wants to bring in a voluntary scheme to regulate those landlords. But ‘voluntary’ is NOT good enough.
Landlords shouldn’t have a choice about whether the properties they rent out are fit to live in or not. They should be forced to by law.
That’s why we’re asking as many people as possible to respond to the Council’s ongoing consultation (http://consult.n-somerset.gov.uk/consult.ti/PRS17/consultationHome) on this matter.
Frankly, it’s far from ideal. The consultation web page tries to force users to comment on its proposal for a voluntary scheme – it talks a lot about the ‘Action Area’, the part of Weston it wants the initiative to take place in.
But we encourage you to use the comment boxes to call for mandatory regulation.
You can visit the consultation website (http://consult.n-somerset.gov.uk/consult.ti/PRS17/consultationHome) now – it’s open until the 30th of January. Or, if you’d like advice on the best way to fill in the online form, you can come to Espresso Coffee Lounge opposite the Town Hall between 3-5pm any afternoon between 22nd - 26th January and we can help you complete it.