Housing and Planning Act 2016: Blacklist of rogue elements introduced
In October 2017, the government’s rogue operators database was launched alongside new measures for banning orders against private landlords and rent payment order measures. It compiles a blacklist of people who are banned from working in the private rental sector and is created and updated by local authority housing departments. Property agents and landlords are blacklisted if they receive a fine in relation to a banning order offence more than twice within a 12-month period.
Crackdown on unscrupulous landlords
The list was introduced as a result of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 which gained royal assent in May 2016. The purpose is to protect tenants from unscrupulous landlords who provide sub-standard rental accommodation, as well as those who operate on a criminal level.
For now, the blacklist is only accessible to the Department for Communities, local government and local authorities. However, there have been calls from some trade bodies for tenants, landlords and letting agents to be given access.
Increased local authority powers
Previous legislation requires that all homes should be of a reasonable standard and that the level of tenure residents have should not be a bar to them having a safe place to live. Local authorities have had the power since 2004 to serve notice on landlords to demand improvements to a property. Failure to comply with such demands can result in fines of up to £30,000 being imposed and/or a banning order. The database ensures that local authorities have up-to-date information regarding private housing accommodation available in their area to those who need it.
Whilst the majority of landlords and agents strive to provide tenants with the best accommodation, there are those who are out only for a quick profit. If you are searching for Letting Agents in Gloucester, for example, there are many agencies to choose from. However, it is important to ensure that they are reputable and that they only work with landlords who comply with current legislation, such as http://www.alexclarkglos.co.uk.
Whether you are an experienced landlord, an investor, or you’re simply interested in renting out your property for the first time, it is essential to seek out the best advice from an expert agency whose passion is customer service to ensure that your property is compliant with the changing legislation.