A landlord in Camden has been banned from letting property for four years, for a number of health and safety breaches.
The banning order will come into effect on 8th March 2020, and will then last for four years. It means that the landlord will not only be barred from renting out property in England during this time, but he will also be banned from all property management work.
Earlier this year, Telford and Wreakin Council issued a banning order against a landlord.
What are banning orders?
Banning orders are one of the existing enforcement powers that are available to Councils in order to root out the minority of criminal landlords.
They were introduced by the Housing and Planning Act 2016. A banning order can be made against a landlord or agent who has been convicted of a banning order offence. There are 41 separate offences.
Penalties for breaching a banning order are high- and they can include imprisonment for up to 51 weeks, a court fine – or both – or a Civil Financial Penalty of up to £30,000.
The RLA’s six point election manifesto
Ahead of the General Election, the RLA has published its six point manifesto for the private rented sector.
One of the association’s key election asks is for the next Government to ensure that Councils have the resources to enforce against the small minority of criminal landlords, and to restrict landlord licensing until a local authority can prove they are using their existing enforcement powers.