Published: Monday, 24th July 2017

Help improve safety by reporting landlords who don't provide secure homes in good condition.

All residents living in rented accommodation deserve to be in a property which is safe, secure and properly maintained with at least a basic provision of modern facilities.

Check if your property is safe

In light of the tragic events at Grenfell Tower, Kensington, the Royal Borough is reminding all residents living in privately rented accommodation who have concerns about the safety or condition of the property to report it immediately for further investigation.

This is especially the case for fire safety concerns including:

  • missing or improperly fitted smoke alarms
  • blocked or obstructed access and egress routes within the property
  • inadequate lighting or fire safety signs
  • overcrowding in the property

Enforcement team investigates unsafe properties

The Royal Borough has a dedicated Private Rented Sector Enforcement Team which investigates rogue landlords letting unsafe, overcrowded or dangerous properties.

The team inspects houses across the borough and has identified over 3,153 hazards. Thanks to the team's investigations, twelve criminal landlords have also been prosecuted for over 52 housing relating offences.

Councillor Jackie Smith, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Environment said, "The Royal Borough of Greenwich has always taken a pro-active approach to tackling criminal landlords. To residents living in rented accommodation, now is the time to help us crack down on this exploitation by reporting your concerns to us and helping us take firm action against those renting out sub-standard and unsafe accommodation to tenants."

Report rogue landlords

If you are concerned that a private property may be overcrowded or operating illegally, you can contact the Royal Borough of Greenwich on