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New powers for councils come into effect

Tom Simcock
Written by Tom Simcock

As part of the Housing and Planning Act 2016, the government introduced a range of new measures available for local authorities in relation to their dealings with rogue landlords: civil penalties, rent repayment orders, banning orders and the introduction of a database for rogue landlords and letting agents.

From April 6th 2017, some of these powers will come into force as civil penalties are introduced and rent repayment orders are significantly strengthened.

This now means that local councils will be able to issue a civil penalty notice up to a maximum of £30,000 per offence. In addition, local council’s will also be able to apply for a rent repayment order, for up to 12 months rent.

However, with the strengthening of the rent repayment orders, tenants will also be able to take landlords to tribunal to apply for a rent repayment order.

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About the author

Tom Simcock

Tom Simcock

Tom is the Research and Information Officer for the RLA. He works hard to understand the issues affecting the PRS and to use our research findings to inform policy decisions.

His expertise lies in researching change in society, quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, and behavioural and psychological change approaches. His research on the private rented sector and housing has received national media coverage and has been cited by the House of Commons, House of Lords and the London Mayor. For the past 4 years, he has been researching the changing roles of Fire and Rescue Service Employees as part of his PhD research. Tom holds an M.Sc. degree from the University of Manchester, and a B.Sc. degree from the University of Chester.

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