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The Housing Minister has recently announced that the proposed blacklist of rogue landlords and agents (RE: the Housing and Planning Act 2016) will be up and running from Autumn 2017.
The Housing and Planning Act 2016 introduced a package of measures to help local authorities crackdown on rogue landlords, which included proposals to ban and fine criminal landlords and letting agents, introduce rent repayment orders and establish a database of ‘blacklisted’ landlords and agents.
Housing Minister Gavin Barwell was asked by Justin Tomlinson, Conservative MP for North Swindon, what progress has been made on compiling the blacklist.
Barwell responded: “The Housing and Planning Act 2016 introduced a package of measures to help local authorities crack down on rogue landlords, including a database of rogue landlords and property agents. The database is currently being developed and we expect it to become operational in autumn 2017.”
Tomlinson then questioned Barwell over what he’s doing to “strengthen the protections afforded to private rent tenants under section 4 of the Defective Premises Act 1972”.
Barwell explained: “All homes should be of a reasonable standard and all tenants should have a safe place to live regardless of tenure. Under the Housing Act 2004 and following an inspection under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System, the local authority can serve a notice on the landlord to require improvements to a property.
“We have strengthened these measures through the Housing and Planning Act 2016 to take action against rogue landlords. These include a database of rogue landlords and property managers, banning orders, civil penalties of up to £30,000, and extended rent repayment orders.”
However the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) spoke out earlier on in the year about the need for a rogue tenants list, in order to achieve a fair and equal balance across the sector.
Worried about the issue of problem tenants and how this can be addressed, Patricia Barber, chair of the AIIC, said: “We’re well aware that there are criminal landlords and letting agents out there and blacklisting them and banning them from letting property really is a necessary step.”
“That said, the measures in the Housing Bill are very one-sided and suggest that it is only landlords and agents that cause problems during tenancies. We know from experience that this is not true and I personally have come across many horror stories in my time where tenants have trashed a landlord’s property or refused to pay rent for long periods of time.”
“It would only be fair if troublesome tenants who repeatedly offend could be blacklisted in the same way as landlords or agents. The threat of being blacklisted or a fine would hopefully discourage a minority of tenants from misbehaving and help to improve the relationships between landlords, agents and tenants.”
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Simply put Govt and Councils simply CANNOT allow a national database of wrongun tenants to be widely disseminated and utilised by LA and LL alike
It would result in mass bankruptcies of LL and LA.
It would cause property values to crash and write down of book value of mortgage debt.
No Govt or Council will ever wish to have LL or LA know about how brilliant LRS is to protect LL from all the wrongun tenants out there.
This is realpolitik, Govt simply cannot allow the common knowledge amobst most LL that wrongun tenants are the real problem.
Essentially there is a conspiracy between Govt and Councils to leave Private LL to pick up the costs of wrongun tenants
Such losses cost LL millions
This means Govt doesn’t have to pay these costs, it is left with the private LL to subsidise these circumstances.
Any LL that dies not use LRS deserves everything they get!
Of course ALL LL should use LRS but most LL are too stupid to understand the efficacy of network referencing.
That is their lookout.
Nobody will ever empathise with them should they suffer from a wrongun tenant and Govt knows this.
LL deserve everything that happens to then if they choose not to use the only networking reference facility in the UK.
I have absolutely no sympathy for all the idiot LL that take on tenants who stitch them up.
Such LL take a business risk in taking in tenants without RGI
Very few idiot LL understand the implications of not using LRS and RGI.
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