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Banning orders and rogue landlord database introduced

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

The Government has introduced new banning orders and a national database of rogue landlords today.

Landlords who are convicted for a range of offences will have their name put on a national database. Councils will then be able to share this information with each other.

Its all part of the Government’s plans to drive criminal landlords out of the sector.

Banning orders

New banning orders have also been introduced today, meaning that the landlords who are convicted of offences under the Government’s new law, may now also be banned from renting accommodation for a period of time.

This could range from 12 months to life, with those landlords who receive a banning order being record on the database. If a landlord ignores a banning order, they will face criminal sanctions, from six months in prison to an unlimited fine.

What offences could lead to a banning order? 

The offences that could merit a banning order include immigration offences, a range of fraud offences and series of housing offences, for example overcrowding. You can read more about this here. 

When they were announced, the RLA welcomed the principle of banning orders and the database of criminal landlords and has long argued that those criminal landlords who willfully breach their legal obligations should face the consequences.

However, the association believes those landlords who find themselves subject to an order or included on the ‘rogue’ landlord database through a mistake that was unintentional, should have a formal route to be released from an order and from being listed on the database where appropriate.

Last year, the Government held a consultation on these plans, which the RLA responded to. The RLA’s submission can be read here.

Want to learn more about new legislation is likely to affect you?

Lawyer and RLA Policy Director David Smith will be giving an update on all the legislation changes that you need to know about, at our Future Renting North conference taking place at the Concorde Conference Centre next month. View the full programme of speakers and book your ticket here. 

About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

She is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and media review, and creating social media content. She also contributes to our members magazine, Residential Property Investor.

2 Comments

  • I see…so Landlords can get blacklisted (but by what criteria and decided by what impartial body?) but rogue tenants – who far outnumber bad landlords – can continue to roam freely?

    More unbalanced legislation following the street-hype, probably directed by a vote-hungry, myopic politician. Civil servants really are prone to poor work.

  • I hope there will be a national database of rogue tenants to match – considering that DSS tenants in particular can walk out of a property without giving any notice, leave it in an appalling state and owing a great deal of money, either because they have appropriated the Housing Benefit for their own use, refused to pay the top-up above the LHA, or just messed up their claim completely and not bothered to tell anyone. The council can claw back any HB owed via the next landlord’s entitlement! The landlord is expected just to weather the loss. Yet you put even a toe out of order as a landlord and the Council and Government have hysterics. More balance is required here, or there are going to be a lot more homeless on the street!

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