Those landlords who let out filthy or unsafe homes will be the target of new legislation to be introduced early in the new term, which will mean these landlords will face fines of up to £30,000.
The enabling legislation, the Housing and Planning Bill, will return to the House of Commons this week after the recess.
Following a detailed consultation on these matters at the end of last year, the bill’s committee will discuss the proposals to be included, rumoured by the Sun newspaper to included:
– Fines upped as high as £30,000 for failing to take action on overcrowding, hazardous conditions, poor sanitation, electrical faults, damp and vermin infestation.
– Measures introduced in the Housing and Planning Bill will go further to ensure landlords and agents who repeatedly break the rules will be banned for at least 12 months.
– A database of rogue landlords and letting agents made available for council staff to access. Civil penalties can be up to £5,000 as the law stands, but the average fine is currently £1,500.
Housing Minister Brandon Lewis told the Sun newspaper:
“The private rental sector is still afflicted by too many rogues who rent dangerous, dirty and overcrowded properties without a thought for the welfare of their tenants. We are determined to crack down.”
Mr Lewis is to announce the biggest package ever of measures to drive out rogue property owners and letting agents according to the Sun.
The aim is to enable councils to impose new civil penalties on offenders, providing an instant deterrent for criminal operators, but as landlord groups have often implied, will they apply the resources and determination to do this?
There are said to be hundreds or even thousands of “beds in sheds” type accommodations in major cities where enforcement under existing rules have yet to be applied. There are around a total of 4.4 million rented households in England.
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— LandlordZONE (@LandlordZONE) January 11, 2016