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  • Buy-to-Let

    RLA welcomes fund tackling rogue landlords

    Landlords are welcoming plans to use funds raised in tackling criminal landlords to root out others who give the sector a bad name.

    New regulations mean that councils can charge criminal landlords fines of up to £30,000 for a range of offences, including breaches of licensing conditions and failing to comply with improvement notices.

    The regulations, due to come into force on 6th April, mean councils can use the money raised from these to fund housing enforcement activity.

    Whilst the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) continues to believe that licensing is not an effective way of catching the crooks, it does welcome the Government’s decision to back the RLA’s proposals that the minority of landlords who break the law should pay for enforcement action.

    RLA Policy Director, David Smith, said:

    “It is unfair that the majority of landlords providing a good service to their tenants end up paying for action against the minority who have no place in the sector.

    “We therefore welcome these regulations as a sign that the polluter should pay which the RLA has long been calling on the Government to introduce.”

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    I'm slightly surprised that the RLA advocates that this is positive. The decent and proper majority of landlords won't be concerned by such penalties being introduced not least as they won't impact their properties or businesses. Prosecution should be reserved for the worst offenders.

    There is however a real risk of 'mission creep' and the watering down of the use of these funds in future. Cash strapped local authorities are looking to generate fees. This should not be seen as an open door. It would be frustrating and concerning if the funds are used for additional inspection or compliance regimes increasing the burden on landlords in later years.

    If only there were similar enforcement plans in respect of rogue tenants- why does the RLA not shout loudly about this?



    Alex. Cook


    Helix Law

    01273 761990



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    Because it knows nothing will be done by councils about wrongun tenants

    Councils and police refused to have anything to do with LRS when it was shown that sharing data about duff tenants could seriously prevent ASB

    Someone had to house the wronguns

    Informing private housing providers who they are would leave them stuck with the council

    No council or police will ever work to prevent them gaining access to private rental property