The Housing and Planning Act 2016 contains a number of measures to help Local Authorities crack down on rogue Landlords and Agents, forcing them to improve or leave the sector.
A rogue landlord is defined as being “a landlord who knowingly flouts their obligations by renting out unsafe and substandard accommodation to tenants, many of whom are vulnerable” This definition was given by Baroness Williams of Trafford, a Minister in the Department for Communities and Local Government following a question in the House of Lords in 2016.
The measures include banning orders for the most prolific offenders, a database of rogue landlords and letting agents, civil penalties of up to £30,000, changes to mandatory licensing such as extending Rent Repayment Orders and tougher Fit and Proper Person tests for landlords.
It is likely that these measures will start to be phased in from April 2017 onwards with other requirements being introduced in October 2017.
Here at SAMS we welcome this new regulation as there is no place for bad Landlords or Agents in this business and we shouldn’t be afraid to name and shame those offenders and make them legally responsible.