Rogue Landlords to be Banned Under the Housing Bill
Rogue landlords and letting agents will be banned from renting out property under new rules to be enforced through the Housing and Planning Bill.
The law was introduced to Parliament on Tuesday (13th October 2015) by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark.
The part of the bill concerning rogue landlords and agents permits a banning order to be served if a landlord or agent has been convicted of a banning order offence. It also demands a database of rogue landlords and agents to be formed.
The bill also allows a rent repayment order to be issued against a landlord that has breached a banning order.
Director of flat and house share website SpareRoom.co.uk, Matt Hutchinson, states: “The booming rental market has a small but worrying dark side – the rise of unscrupulous landlords and agents who seek to prey on tenants. Getting them out of the market should be a top priority.
“A database of rogue landlords and agents could be a vital tool as long as the information it contains is accurate and accessible to those who need it most.
“But we should be wary of piling lots of extra legislation on the sector. The need to clamp down on the unscrupulous shouldn’t hinder the vast majority of landlords who do play by the rules and provide the rental accommodation Britain desperately needs.”1