The Government has published plans to establish a ‘blacklist’ of landlords and agents who are found guilty of ‘relevant housing offences’, extend the scope of rent repayment orders beyond the failure to obtain a licence, and new measures to tackle abandonment.
The proposals are contained in a discussion paper, which also suggests a civil penalty regime for housing offences, and a revised fit and proper person test, with a deadline for responses of 27th August.
RLA Policy Director David Smith said
“The RLA welcomes this consultation. It is important to look at those things that already work well within the sector and also to use targeted changes to adjust those policy ideas or pieces of legislation which are not working as intended.
“The RLA is pleased that the government is taking a practical approach by looking at key areas in which improvement can be made rather than trying to replace or overhaul current mechanisms which often work well.
“However, this must not be seen as an opportunity to place new burdens on a sector already facing a string of new regulations and the prospect of major changes to the tax regime.”