Thank You Mayor,
In recent months we have discussed in this chamber the problem of bad lordlords. Each time we have acknowledged that there are many good landlords in the town that are a credit to Northampton. The Labour Group calling for an additional private sector housing officer should not come as a surprise as we have been calling for this for some time now.
I give credit to the current housing team who seem to understand that we need to get tough. It is an outrage that no bad landlords have been prosecuted in the last 2 years. However, despite the brilliance of the current housing team they are at the end of the day understaffed. If the Private Sector Housing Team is going to achieve they need another private sector housing officer as soon as possible.
The need to clamp down on bad landlords has been recognised on both sides of this chamber and so we are hoping this initiative gets unanimous support for councillors.