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.”