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.
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.