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Thursday, April 06, 2017

New rogue landlord penalties start

Local authorities get new powers over rogue landlords and agents today.

As part of the Housing and Planning Act 2016, English local authorities will be able to issue civil penalties for housing offences such as; failing to comply with a housing improvement or overcrowding notice, not having any required licences,  and not complying with the House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) management regulations.

The maximum penalty is £30,000.

These new penalties do not require the local authority to take out a criminal prosecution, only that they must follow the Government guidelines in the process of collecting evidence and the issuing of notices. 

Landlord and agents will have the option to appeal penalties at the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber).

Any unpaid penalties can be collected via a county court order.

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