My Department is responsible for housing and planning law.
In 2012, my Department published guidance to local authorities on dealing with rogue landlords, including “beds and sheds”. It noted how (the rare cases of) landlord criminality may be linked to other issues, such as providing illegal employment, benefit fraud, or tax evasion. In some parts of the country, outbuildings are occupied by predominantly migrant workers, some of whom may be in the UK illegally. We recommended that local authorities combine forces with other agencies – and may wish to form focussed multi-disciplinary teams.
We intend to publish an updated edition of the guidance in due course.