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New powers for councils come into effect

Dr Tom Simcock
Written by Dr 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.

If you would like more information and to make sure that you don’t get caught out download our free 2-page briefing now:

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About the author

Dr Tom Simcock

Dr Tom Simcock

Tom is the Senior Researcher for the RLA and leads the RLA’s research lab; the Private renting Evidence, Analysis and Research Lab (PEARL). His expertise lies in researching change in society, public policy and quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Tom’s research on housing has received national media coverage, featuring on the front page of The Times, has influenced government policy making, and has been cited in debates in the House of Commons, House of Lords and by the London Mayor.

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