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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Gov. consult on landlord banning orders

The Government are consulting on their planned 'banning orders for landlords and letting agents'.

As part of the Housing and Planning Act 2016, banning orders could be placed on rogues landlords or agents who commit an offence against their tenant, eg, breaches of health and safety regulations, an illegal eviction, failing to act on improvement notices, intimidation, renting to illegal immigrants, fraudulent HB claims, cannabis cultivation. 

Once placed, a banning order could be stop an agent or landlord from letting or managing property for a minimum period of 12 months, up to a maximum unlimited period. Alongside the ban, the name of the agent/landlord would be placed on a newly formed  national database of rogue landlords.

The government wants feedback on the specific offences that should result in a banning order.

This consultation period ends - February 10th 2017

Housing Minister Gavin Barwell explained: 

‘Banning orders will allow us to drive out the worst offenders and help make sure millions of hard-working private tenants across the country are protected from exploitation. While the vast majority of landlords are responsible we are determined to tackle the minority who abuse and exploit vulnerable people. As part of the government’s commitment to improving standards within the private rented sector, banning orders will protect tenants and target the small minority of poor landlords and property agents. They will also help local authorities to take robust and effective action against rogues who knowingly rent out unsafe and substandard accommodation.’

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