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Women, #metoo and the Rise of Sex for Rent in the UK

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A new study carried out by the University of Missouri indicates that sexual harassment by landlords is a real problem in the United States. Of the randomly selected women who took part in the study, 10% reported that their landlords had sexually harassed them. Most of the women were in their 20’s when the incidents happened, and ethnic minorities were disproportionately represented; all were living in the private rental sector at the time. All but one of the women didn’t report their harassment to the police because they feared being evicted from their home.

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Government Pledges £2 million to Help Beat Rogue Landlords

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The government has pledged to create a £2 million fund for local councils, which will help them tackle the problem of rogue landlords.

“This funding will help further strengthen councils’ powers to tackle rogue landlords and ensure that poor-quality homes in their area are improved, making the housing market fairer for everyone,” says Heather Wheeler, the minister for housing.

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RLA Threatens Council with Legal Action

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Landlord licencing schemes are not exactly popular. Landlords all over the UK dislike having to pay hundreds of pounds to secure a licence for operating a rental property. Councils say they are an essential tool in the fight against rogue landlords, but many believe it’s a ploy to rake in more cash.

Great Yarmouth is one such area where the local council has decided to implement a landlord licencing scheme. Landlords with properties in the Nelson area of the city will have to pay £600 per property. This sum can also be paid on a monthly basis over the five-year term of the licence.

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