It has been confirmed that a database of rogue landlords and letting agents as well as new banning orders will be introduced on April 6, 2018.
The database, which was initially announced last year as part of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 (HA16) to root out rogue landlords, is expected to come into effect once the regulations have been approved in the New Year.
The database will include information on landlords who have been served with a banning order or have been convicted of a banning order offence, preventing them from letting or managing a property.
The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has now released details of what offences could lead to a landlord receiving a banning order and being included on the new list.
The main issue are as follows:
It is not clear at this stage if the database of rogue landlords and agents will be made public.
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The SLA applaud the use of banning orders to stop criminal landlords from continuing to operate. This follows on from another part of the HA16 which allows Local Authorities to isses Fixed Penalty Notices for certain offences; see our previous article on this.
However we are concerned that the use of banning orders can only follow from a court order. A Freedom of Information request by the Guardian established nearly 60% of LA's failed to carry out a prosecution.; because of the cosat.