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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Banning orders and rogue landlord database

The Housing and Planning Bill 2015-2016 was introduced to Parliament on Tuesday.

The 109-page bill was introduced as a 'Bill to make provision about housing, estate agents, rentcharges, planning and compulsory purchase.'

Points of note for us are the introduction of landlord 'banning orders', outlined in Part 2, Chapter 2 -

In this Part “banning order” means an order, made by the First-tier Tribunal, banning a person from—
  1. (a)  letting housing in England,
  2. (b)  engaging in English letting agency work,
  3. (c)  engaging in English property management work, or 35
  4. (d)  doing two or more of those things. 

The introduction of a database of rogue landlords, outlined in Part 2, Chapter 3.

The Secretary of State must establish and operate a database of rogue landlords and letting agents for the purposes of this Chapter.

Sections 23 and 24 give local housing authorities in England responsibility for 35 maintaining the content of the database.

The introduction of Rent Repayment Orders, outlined Part 2, Chapter 4, -

A rent repayment order is an order requiring the landlord under a tenancy of housing in England to—
  1. (a)  repay an amount of rent paid by a tenant, or
  2. (b)  pay a local housing authority an amount in respect of a relevant award
    of universal credit paid (to any person) in respect of rent under the tenancy. 

The date for the second reading of the bill in the commons is not yet set.

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