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The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) have spoken out about the need for a rogue tenants list to be included in The Housing and Planning Bill, as well as measures to tackle criminal landlords and letting agents.
Included in the bill are proposals to ban and fine criminal landlords and letting agents, introduce rent repayment orders and establish a database of 'blacklisted' landlords and agents.
It has been proposed that the 'blacklist' will be maintained by local housing authorities, who will also have to apply for offenders to be included in the database.
The Government Bill is currently at the report stage and only has to pass through a third reading and “consideration of amendments” stage before reaching Royal Assent, which is when it becomes law.
But the association is also 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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I really don't understand why you're such a secret to the industry when you've been going for so long and feature on the first page of Google for 'Best tenant reference in the UK'...
AIIC need to work with you, maybe they could do special offers for your members like MyDeposits do?
I find it simply gob smacking that the idiots at this inventory association don't know about LRS
Do inventory clerks operate from caves!!
Personally I think most PRS industry participants know full well about LRS
But because of vested interests they don't want anyone to know about LRS
Govt simply couldn't allow a situation where LL are easily able to identify wrongun tenants
The fact that there is such a facility by LRS is no reason for Govt to make it known
Can you imagine if every LL joined and used LRS!!
There would be mass homelessness of all the wrongun tenants which councils would have to sort out whilst all the tenanted property in the PRS would be occupied by good tenants!!
Nope LRS is too big a threat to Govt and council finances to be widely known about
The PRS is used by Govt and councils to cover the losses that the wrongun tenants cause
The last thing they want is for LRS to be advertised to LL!!
Please send me some leaflets and I will take them to my next local landlord forum.
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