An imminent election and yet more bad press for landlords….
Rogue landlord’s have been a hot topic in the world of property since the Housing & Planning Act 2016 received Royal Assent in May 2016. One year on and many landlords are unsure how this might affect them.
One landlord has recently been given a banning order by a local council after continuing to let out his properties even after being denied entry to the councils landlord register. He had previously been convicted of breaching safety legislation on numerous counts and had been fined repeatedly but even that didn’t stop him! He has since been banned for one year and been ordered to pay £500 fine. I’m not sure the punishment is harsh enough considering the worst possible failure of a landlord ignoring safety regulations is ultimately the accidental death of a tenant!
The Database of Rogue Landlords and Lettings Agents and Banning Orders are expected to be implemented in England from 1st October 2017and they will apply to letting agents too! Banned landlords and agents will be unable to hold an HMO licence, may lose management of the properties to the Local Authority and will not be able to transfer the property to an associate to avoid penalties. Breach of a Banning Order could mean imprisonment (of up to six months), a fine or both!
At Mr Green Lettings have a zero tolerance policy on compliance and legislation and pride ourselves on looking after our tenants just as well as we do our landlords.
If you need any advice on lettings or just fancy a chat about legislation (my favourite topic!) then please feel free to give me a call anytime.