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Sally Walmsley
Written by Sally Walmsley

Landlords are welcoming plans to use cash raised in tackling criminal landlords to root out those who give the sector a bad name.

The new regulations, coming in on April 6th, mean that councils can charge criminal landlords fines of up to £30,000 for a range of offences, including breaches of licensing conditions and failing to comply with improvement notices.

Councils can then use the money raised from these to fund housing enforcement activity.

Whilst the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) continues to believe that licensing is not an effective way of catching the crooks, it does welcome the Government’s decision to back the RLA’s proposals that the minority of landlords who break the law should pay for enforcement action.

RLA Policy Director, David Smith, said: “It is unfair that the majority of landlords providing a good service to their tenants end up paying for action against the minority who have no place in the sector.

“We therefore welcome these regulations as a sign that the polluter should pay which the RLA has long been calling on the Government to introduce.”

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Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley is the Communications Manager for the RLA and Editor of RPI magazine. With 16 years’ experience writing for regional and national newspapers and magazines she is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and editorial content for our media partners.

She issues press releases promoting the work of the RLA and its policies and campaigns to the regional and national media and works alongside the marketing team on the association’s social media channels to build support for the RLA and its work.


  • You and RLA are really giving the sector a bad name.
    The word “Criminal Landlord” must never be use specially for a company like yours that constant claims fighting for landlords.
    There are criminals in all professions including landlords but you would never hear a Lawyers representative body of any other body for that matter referreing to them as “The Criminal Lawyers” or the “Criminal Police Officers” or “The Criminal Doctors” Or The “Criminal MP´s, etc. NEVER. NEVER, NEVER
    Why? because you are creating an image stremelly negative of landlords and you are one of the reasons why Central Goverment and Local Government have imposed all those measures that are putting many good landlords out of business. Please refer to those landlords as all the other bodies and media refer to as “ROGUE” landlords. No one use “The Criminal Landlords” as you do!
    This is the price that we have to pay for a new landlord body sprung out of nothing in recent years and the “Novice” and lack of “Common sense” takes every opportunity to claim how good they are deffending the landlords interest but in reality is the main culprit for all the bad legislation and the bad reputation that landlords get.

    J Diaz

  • Please do not dishonestly take off my comment as I know you will.
    Leave it there so you and those like you who use those negative terms stop giving landlords such a bad name and the excuse for both governments: National and Local to imposse all those crippling laws and policies.

    J Diaz

  • The RLA are actively supporting punishment without trial. The local council can act as prosecutor, judge and executioner so a cash strapped local authority is going to look for any minor infringement as an excuse to impose a fine.
    If this attitude by the RLA continues I shall not be renewing my membership.

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