Despite setting up a Landlord Licensing Scheme, very little is being done to tackle rogue landlords in our borough.
Figures from Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat assembly member, show that Tower Hamlets is still failing to effectively deal with rogue landlords, with only 7 prosecutions in 2016/17 - compared to 331 in next door Newham.
Under Newham's scheme there were 861 inspections in 2016/17. In Tower Hamlets only 63 inspections took place.
Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Poplar and Limehouse, Elaine Bagshaw said: "Labour introduced their Landlord Licensing Scheme with a lot of fanfare yet residents are getting very little benefit. Only 63 inspections and 7 prosecutions in an entire year? Tower Hamlets Labour need to focus on delivering for residents rather than writing press releases."
Jack Gilbert, one of the Lansbury Lib Dem conmunity champions, added,”This also includes social landlords. We have been discovering appalling stories of poor maintenance and over-crowding on the doorstep. Some of our community have had to livie with damp for years. It's not right.”