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Monday, April 10, 2017

Rent Repayment Orders extended

As part of the Housing and Planning Act 2016, new rules Rent Repayment Order (RRO) mean that  English local authorities and tenants can claim back up to 12 months rent from rogue landlords and agents.

From 6th April 2017 applications for Rent Repayment Order can be made for :
  • Illegal eviction or harassment of occupiers;
  • Using violence to secure entry; and
  • Failure to comply with a housing improvement notice or prohibition order.
The new rules, cover Local authorities recovering rent paid by Housing Benefit or Universal Credit and tenants who have paid their own rent. 

A RRO application no longer needs to be made following a successful prosecution of the landlord or agent, all that is now required is enough proof to satisfy a hearing of the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber).

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