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Fund works out at less than £6,000 per council The government is to create a £2m fund to help English councils tackle rogue landlords, after a Guardian and ITV News investigation revealed how convicted property owners are continuing to collect rents – often funded by the taxpayer – despite being ruled unfit to let out property. The response is the second move in a fortnight by ministers following the publication of the investigation in October, with Theresa May pledging last month to give tenants access to the government’s new rogue landlord database. The Guardian and ITV News had revealed that not a single name had been entered into the new system in more than six months since its launch – and that even when landlords’ names were listed, the public would not be allowed to see them. Continue reading...