The Housing and Planning Bill should introduce a rogue tenants list to protect landlords, according to the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC).
The bill includes measures to tackle rogue landlords and letting agents, but should also address the issue of problem tenants, believes the organisation.
Currently included in the bill are proposals to ban and fine criminal landlords and letting agents, introduce rent repayment orders and establish a database of blacklisted landlords and agents.
The Government’s bill is currently at the report stage and only has to pass through a third reading and consideration of amendments stage before reaching royal assent, which will make it law.
The AIIC welcomes the measures to tackle the minority of rogue landlords and letting agents in the private rental sector. However, the association believes more could be done to address the issue of rogue tenants.
The Chair of the AIIC, Patricia Barber, says: “We’re well aware that there are criminal landlords and letting agents out there, and blacklisting them and banning them from letting property really is a necessary step.
“That said, the measures in the housing bill are very one-sided and suggest that it is only landlords and agents that cause problems during tenancies. We know from experience that this is not true and I personally have come across many horror stories in my time where tenants have trashed a landlord’s property or refused to pay rent for long periods of time.”
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“It would only be fair if troublesome tenants who repeatedly offend could be blacklisted in the same way as landlords or agents,” believes Barber. “The threat of being blacklisted or a fine would hopefully discourage a minority of tenants from misbehaving and help to improve the relationship between landlords, agents and tenants.”1
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