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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